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The Gospel Messenger 



"Set for ttie Defense of the Gospel.' 



VoL 28. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 7, 1890 



The G-ospel Messenger. 



H. B. Brumbaugh, Editor, 

ess Manager of the Eastern House, I 
Huntingdon, Pa. 



Table of Contents. 



The Pil s ri 



Selected by Florida J. E. Elter,. 



Thoughts on the Past Year. By H. W. Strictler,. ... 2 

When.' By D. C. Moomow, 2 

The New Year. By I. N. Croiswolt 2 

Shall Sisters Ask a Blessing at the Table? By Ger- 

trude A. Flory 3 

The Age of Reason. By Lewis V\\ Teeter 3 

Our General Treasury. By S. S. Mohler 4 

Editorials— 

-«■"■* : .,8,9 

The Right and the Wrong ! 

Special Notice, S 

To Our Correspondents o 

Missionary and Tract Work Department— 

To the Brethren of the Southern District of Kansas. 

By W. A. Rose, 10 

Wayside Notes. By Clara Woods 10 

Better, Better, Better. By J. E. Young, ro 

To the Churches of the Southern District of Illinois. 

By G. W. Gibson, 10 

Notos from our" Correspondents iu, it, i: 

Correspondence, , c 6 *j 13 14 

Literary Notes , - 

Matrimonial r ^ 

Fallen Asleep, 



wrong iu the action that we are now thinking leas our desires are curbed ou account of fear 
about. 



Dr. Wayland says, that the right or the wrong 
is not in the conception; not in the resolution to 
do the act nor yet in the action itself, but in the 
intention,— that an act may be right or wrong, 
owing to the intention of it. The latter conclu- 
sion may be true,— ie true in most cases. But 
that all the right or the wrong lies iu the inten- 
tion, we are not so ready to aocept. That men 
may sin in their thoughts and intentions must, be 
an accepted truth. But that the right or the 
wrong is ao great before it is acted out, as after, 
we think is a mistake, and one, too, that may lead 
to the committal of serious sins that may be 
avoided if kept confined to the thought only. 

Our Savior says: "Ho that looketh on a woman 
to last after her hath already committed adultery 
in his heart." Here is a sin in thought, but who 
will say that, this sin ia as great as if the act of 
adultery had been committed? 

The devil tells the tempted soul that the sin is 
already committed, and to go on and do the aot 
will make the case no worse. But it will. Sinful 
thoughts should be avoided, but to carry them in- 
Phonsands 
of sinful intentions may find life in the heart, 
where only one may be carried into action, or even 
none. These come in times of temptation; and, 

Advertisements .!i6 I ° 1 ' "- e time be ' n & we mh J resolve to cany them 

. — _^_- — — — — — — — out, but when the time comes we do not do it. 



The Middle Pennsylvania churches are rather 
quiet at this time in aggressive work, but we hope 
for a general wakening up soon. There is much 
to be done, and enough to dc it if all who can will 
go to work. 

Bbo. Silas Hoover commenced a series of 
meetings in the New Enterprise, Pa, church 
about the Holidays. Bro. Hoover has been en- 
gaged in evangelistic work for some time, and is 
having encouraging success. 



Eld. Wm. Howe made a short call in town on 
his return from Eairview church in the Clover 
Creek congregation, where he was attending a 
Communion service and also held a number of 
meetings afterwards. He informs us that two 
were baptized before he left, and that there were 
also two applicants, who will be baptized in the 
near future. 

THE RIGHT AND THE WRONG. 

Bit. Wayland says, that the elements of a mor- 
al aot are, a perception oE the act; a resolution to 
carry it out; the action; and the intention or de- 
sign. Whether he intends to make the intention 
the last element of the whole, or why he so places 
it, we do not know. But it seems very certain to 
us that there can be no intelligent conception of 
any act unless there first be some kind of an in- 
tention or design. And before either there is a 
something as an instigator of both, which we shall 



Why not? We may say, Oar courage failed us, 
or our sense of right detained us, — there was 
something that hindered us. It maybe the one; 
it may be the other; but, be it what it may, it is 
our way of escape, and we thank God that our in- 
tentions were not carried out. Bnt if all the 
wrong is in the intention, we have nothing to be 
thankful for. The way of escape does not amount 
to anything, and we might as well go ahead and 
perform the act, as it is to be presumed that we 
expected some enjoyment in if. 

There are thousands to-day, that are trying to 
believe this most damnable error, and, as a result, 
they recklessly plunge into crime. All kinds of 
wickedness have grown iuto intentions in the 
mind, — adultery, fornication, theft, and even mux. 
der, — but they have stopped there. David had 
rebellion in his heart when he saw the wicked 
flourish while the good were down-trodden in pov- 
erty and suffering. But before his rebellion was 
oarried into action, the Lord showed him the end 
of the wicked, and also of the good, and he was 
satisfied. The Bin was not committed. It was 
his way of escape. For every temptation there is 
a way of escape provided. Some may say that 
the way of escape comes before the intention to 
sin is conceived. No, this can not be. Nothing 
can be a temptation until it creates a desire or in- 
tention. A temptation is something that we de- 
sire, and the desire gives an intention to get it. 
It is the not getting what we desire that make-4 to 



not, at this time, discuss. It is the right and the I us the temptation. We see, we covet, we take, un 



love or something better. All these elements are 
sometimes combined in "our way of escape." 
When David's feet had well nigh slipped, the 
■■■■ed him the end of the wicked, and their 
dreadful end he feared. He showed him his lov- 
ing-kitrduesB, and he loved. He showed him the 
end of the righteous, and he saw it was better. 
Moses was tempted by the grandeur and affluence 
of Pharaoh's court, but when the Lord showed 
him the end as well as the beginning, he chosa to 
suffer affliction with the people of God rather than 
to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. So it is 
with every temptation. We covet and resolve be- 
cause we do not understand the end of them. 
God makes us a way of escape by giving sufficient 
knowledge to know and see the ultimate of them. 
As we see this, our intentions are changed and 
the act is not committed, and the sinful thought 
is forgiven. 

Take the other side of the subject, and we must 
arrive at the same conclusion. If the wrong is 
wholly in the intention and not in the act, then 
the right is in the intention, and to intend to do a 
right thing is as good as if we would do it. It is 
om i ties crudely said that hell is tilled with * 
good intoutions, but wo are not sure that such is a 
truth, Yet it is a truth that many good intentions 
fall short of the act. We frequently .find men, and 
women, too, who seem to be perfect bandies of 
goo.1 iutentiona, and yet the good is not per- 
formed. Men, who have been blessed with means, 
intend all their lives to appropriate some of it to 
charitable purposes, and yet they die without do- 
ing it. They had the good intention, but it never 
beoame active. W«s it just as well? 

Many of those who are away from Christ say 
they intend to become Christians, but they die 
without becoming such. Is it as well with them? 
Will their good intentions save them? Eeason 
and revelation say, No. It is he that doeth that 
has the promise. "Not every one that eaith 
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heav- 
en, but he that doeth the will of my Father whioh 
is in heaven." 

Then, while we accept tbo idea that the inten- 
tion has much to do with the right or wrong in a 
moral act, the consummation of the right or the 
wrong depends largely on the action or the carry- 
ing out of the intention. Hence, when wrong in- 
tentions take hold in out hearts, let us unite the 
power given us* to orush r them, — to crowd them 
out and thus avoid the evil results that follow 
them when acted out. 

When good intentions are born, nourish and 
cherish them into action, so that we may reap the 
reward promised, " and their good works shall 
follow them " A man's real intentions are shown 
ouly in his actions, and are thus made effective 
for good or for evil, which, after kII, determines 
the right or the wrong, whether it be against our- 
selves or others. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 7, 1890. 




THE PILGRIM'S LOT. 



How happy Is the pilgrim's Jot! 

How free from every anxious thought! 

From worldly hope and fear, 

Confined to neither court nor cell 

My soul in Jesus loves to dwell 

And only sojourns here. 

This happiness in part is mine, 

Already saved from low design, 

From every creature love, 

Blest with the favor of my Lord 

My Boul Is lightened of its load 

And seeks the things above. 

The things eternal I pursue 

Of happiness, beyond the view. 

Of those that have to part 

From things by nature felt or seen, 

Their honors, wealth or pleasures mean 

f neither have nor want. 

No foot of land do I possess, 

No cottage in this wilderness, 

A poor, wayfaring man; 

I lodge awhile in tents below, 

Or gladly wander to and fro 

Till I my Canaan gain. 

Nothing on earth I call my own, 

A stranger here all but unknown. 

And oft I am despised, 

I trample on this world's delight 

And seek a city out of sight,— 

A city in the skies. 






,r.d portion fair 
My treasure and my heart are then 
And my abiding home. 
For me my elder brethren slay, 
And angels beckon me away, 
And Jesus bids me come. 



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re am I, 

.bly try 



Now let the pilgrim's journey end, 
Now own me thine, thy pilgrim friend 
And draw me to thy breast. 

—Selected by Florida y. B, Etltr. 

THOUGHTS ON THE PAST YEAR. 

BV F. W. STIUCKLER. 

The year which lias just closed furnishes 
abundant proof of the uncertainty and frailty of 
all earthly things. Confining ourselves to the 
small circle in which we move, how frequent are 
the chaDgPs that we witness! Many of those 
whom we have known for years are no more! 
Many who were the favorites of fortune are now 
groveling in poverty, or reduced from a state of 
rank and influence to mediocrity and dependence. 

If we examine ourselves we ehall find that we 
also have undergone various changes. Our health 
and activity may have decayed. We may have 
been subjected to misfortune, sickness, and the 
infidelity oE those whom we trusted. 

Such reflections are gloomy and sorrowful and 
might even reduce us to despair, if we were not 
supported and consoled by the religion of Christ, 
which leads us to an Almighty, Unchangeable 
and Eternal Being. In the full assurance of his 
unalterable goodness and love let us submit with 
resignation to all the vicissitudes of this transito- 
ry world. 

The termination of another year of our lives 
should induce us to make some reflections which, 
though of the utmost importance, do not, in gen- 
eral, occupy 80 much of our attention as they 
ought. That we may feel more sensibly how 
short is the period of our lives, let us examine 
how we have passed the days that we have already 
lived, however humiliating it may be. 



11 Another year! this world plods on 
Toward the goal, where all are borne; 
The school-boys are just as of yore, 
The oceans wash the distant shore. 
The vine from the same branches hung, 
As did when you and I were young, 
And will continue so to be, 
When we are in eternity." 

Let us first consider those days, the employment 
of which it was riot in our power to regulate. 
How much of this year has been passed in eatiDg, 
drinking, and sleeping, — in taking care of our 
bodies and providing for our necessities? How 
much time has been spent in useless occupation 
without any advantage gained for our immortal 
souls? How many hours have been passed in 
uncertainty and inaction, in perplexity and expec- 
tation! When we make the days of the year pass 
in review before us, we shall discover how numer- 
ous those have been that were unproductive of in- 
tellectual good, and how very few have been em- 
ployed in acts of real utility, either to ourselves 
or to others. Of those few, how many hours have 
been sacrificed to vice and devoted to sin I 

How humiliating and afflicting is the recollec- 
tion that so many of the hours allotted to us by Al- 
mighty Goodness have been lost in idleness, or 
lavished in folly, — hours that can never be re- 
called; hours in which we have wandered far from 
the best and tenderest of fathers. Perhaps they 
have been profaned by impiety, envy, jealousy and 
slander, or sacrificed to the world, to vanity, to in- 
dolence, and to false pleasure, all {ending to turn 
our hearts from the love of God, and charity for 
one another Instead of employing them in the 
action of righteousness, perhaps we have 
devoted them to oppose the cause of Truth, and 
combat the design of Providence, giving trouble 
to society, and molestation to the church. Lastly, 
how rapidly does the short time, that we have to 
remain upon the earth, fly away! Year after year 
passes by, almost imperceptibly, before we ever 
notice it. Then it is impossible to bring back 
what is lost forever. 

" Another year! but, reader, think, 
That of this life you're on the brink; 

And though just now you're blessed with health, 
Kind friends and neighbors, rank and wealth, 
Look back and think of aged men, 
That few have reached four score and ten. 
■ Though you this land have so long trod, 
You soon will be beneath the sod." 

Like the year which has fled, the world will 
pass away and its pleasures disappear. It is not 
in these, therefore, that I am to seek my happiness. 
While here below let me aspite to nobler joys. 
"I am allied to angels, and heaven is my patrimo- 
ny. Grant God, that I may incessantly aspire 
after it! " 

Teach me, O God, to redeem my tima and to 
walk holy in the way that leadeth to a happy 
eternity! Condescend to alleviate the burden o£ 
life, till I attain the happy period when all my 
labors ehall cease, when my repose be no more in- 
terrupted, and when I shall enter into the eternal 
kingdom of joy and peace! 

"Let me among thy saints be. found, 
Whene'er the final trump shall sound, 
To see thy smiling face ; 
Then loud hosannahs will I sing, 
While heaven's resounding mansions ring, 
With shouts of saving grace." 

Loraine, III. 

WHEN. 

BY D. 0. MOOMAW. 

While I was in Lunenburg County recently, 
the question as to what age persons should at- 
tain to, to make them eligible to church member- 
ship, was presented for our practioal considera- 
tion. A young girl of thirteen years intimated 



her wish to join the church, but there seemed to 
be objections to her baptism on account of her 
youth, and farther on account of her irresponsibil- 
ity Jo God which, it was objected, she would not 
reach prior to about her sixteenth year. 

In order to satisfy myself as to the maturity of 
her mind and her views of Christian obligation, I 
interviewed her on the subject. The following 
dialogue presents the results of the interview: 

Question.— Miss M-, would you like to b© a 
Christian? 

Answer. — I would. 

Q._Why? 

A. — Because mamma and papa and sisters are 
Christians, and I feel lonely outside. 

Q. — Any other reasons? 

A. — I would like to be among the lambs. 

Q. — Any other reasons? 

A. — God would love me better. 

Q — Would you like to die outside of the church? 

A. — No, sir. 

Q.— Why? 

A. — I would not be prepared to die. 

Q. — Do you think you could conform to the 
rules of tho church? 

A. — Yes, sir. 

Further remarks: " I need teaching in a great 

any things." " I think when we know right from 
wrong we ought to join the church." 

I would say, brethren, that she was eligible to 
church membership. The gravity and dignity of 
her manners, and the earnestness that she mani- 
fested showed the presence of the " Holy Spirit." 

My questions did not comprehend the funda- 
mental doctrines of faith and repentance, pre- 
suming that, through the medium of the influences 
by which she was surrounded, Bhe " believed in 
the heart," and had confessed, and repented of 
her sins as far as, at that child-like age, she was 
responsible for her sins. 

I say, once for all, X would rather und-orti-ke k° 
build up a congregation of Christians, after the 
apostolic type, with converts of thirteen years of 
age, than with those of thirty yeare. What purity 
and simplicity of life would result therefrom! 

I would like to have an expression of the opin- 
ions of other brethren. Bro. S. H. Love, of 
Lunenburg, has the floor. 

Roanoke, Virginia. 

THE NEW YEAR. 

BY I. N. OR039WAIT. 

It is highly important, at this, the beginning 
of another year, to see how we stand. Those who 
are seeking first the kingdom of God should Beek 
to ascertain their true condition or standing. 
They should know what has been their advance- 
ment in the past year. 

Let us take a brief retrospective view. How 
stands our account in the book of God's remem- 
brance? How many evil habits have we overcome 
in the past year? Have we lived as near to God 
as we shall like to have done in the time to come? 
Has our example been such as to recommend the 
cause of our Blessed Master? Have we evidenced 
a full reliance on the promises of his Gospel? 
If not, then we are leading others to doubt the 
reality of it. Some of the most hardened skoptios 
claim to have been driven to their unbelief by the 
conduct of inconsistent professors of the religion 
of Christ. 

If any are truly satisfied with their past year's 
work for the Master, I fear they are in a deplora- 
ble, lukewarm and dead state. It is often report- 
ed by some branches of the church that they are 
going on in the even tenor of their way. Some 
seem to think that they can be Christians without 
advancing, while we can find no suoh way in Holy 



Jan. 7, 1880. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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Writ. We are taught in the Word that we must 
ever grow in grace and in the knowledge of God. 

It is a truly dangerous state to think that we 
are safe, and under that delusion to make no real 
advancement It is a way that leads to destruc- 
tion as surely as open skepticism, Sad to a ay, 
the greatest enemies of the cross of! Christ are 
professing to be his followers, and, this alas, is 
not only confined to those who reject his teaching 
inform, but many who are strict in the for m, have 
suffered the love of money, or other evils of the 
world, to get the ascendency, causing them to dis- 
honor the name of Christ more than an atheist 

One who is in the church, and a leader, too, 
can do a ruinous evii if he gives way to covetous- 
ness. It is a sure way to destroy all his useful- 
ness, and, if persisted in, will lead to eternal ruin. 
Many are thus blinded, and suffer themselves 
to be led away, more and moie, year after year. 

Let none of the children of God be so blind as 
to begin the New Year in a careless way, not 
having a determined mind to live nearer to God 
than in the past. Let us make a solemn vow to 
live nearer to God and gain a home with the re- 
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Dwight, S. Dak. 

SHALL SISTERS ASK A BLESSING AT 
THE TABLE ? 

BY GERTRUDE A. FLORY. 

" Inasmuch as our sisters are often together, and no 
brother Is present at the table, would It not be right, accord- 
ing to the teaching of the apostles, for one of them to ask a 
blessing audibly?" J. j. and Hannah Wright. 

A VERY definite and appropriate answer to your 
question would be: "Yes." And that little word 
would also tell you much that is pressing upon my 
mind. If it is right for sisters to give thanks and 
p:r.j at any time or place, it is absolutely right for 
them to return thanks for daily bread, and im- 
plore a blessing to rest upon the same. And to 
question the propriety of the sisters praying, 
would be to question the privilege end authority 
the Bible has granted them. That Sacred Volume 
is full of instances of women praying, prophesy- 
ing, and praising God. In " Israel's song of de 
liverance," we find that woman had a part in the 
praise and thanksgiving. Ex. 15: 20, 21. De 
borah mingled her voice with Barak's in praise to 
Almighty God. Judges 5: 1. Hannah's prayer, 
and vow, and song in thankfulness, is full of in- 
struction. "There ia none holy as the Lord; for 
there is none beside thee; neither is there any 
rock like our God." 1 Sam. 1 and 2. How much 
food for thought the first ten verses of the second 
chapter contain! 

"We leave the Old for the New, and find El: 
beth blessing Mary "with a loud voice." Luke 
1: 42. What can be sweeter than Mary's reply to 
her, "My eoul doth magnify the Lord, and 
spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior?" Luke 
1: 46, 55. The same evangelist relates the incident 
of Anna, a prophetesg, giving thanks for the child 
Jesus in the following language: " And she coming 
in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the 
Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked 
for redemption in Jerusalem. Luke 2 

Here are a few of the many instances related in 
the Bible where woman prayed, praised and 
thanked, and surely this grand privilege reaches 
down to the women of the present day, as well as 
any other Gospel liberty or ordinance. Why 
should she not pray at the table, if she may pray 
at the altar? She may, when properly attired for 
prayer (see 1 Oor: 11: 5, 6, 10, 13), since a bless- 
ing or returning of thanks at table is nothing 
more nor less, than a short prayer of praise, inter- 
cession and supplication. 



How ungrateful would it appear to ssee a num- 
ber of sisters Buiround a table and pBrtake of 
food for the sustenance of the body without a 
d of thanks to the Bountiful Giver of the 
same, just because there is no brother present to 
offer praise or thanks! In how many homes is 
there not a man to thank God for daily bread. 
Should, then, the woman never raise her voice in 
thankful blessing to the Great Provider? Christ 
taught us a better way. He blessed the bread; 
then brake and ate. Matt. 15: 3G and 14: 19; 
Luke 22: 19, and 24: 30. "Is the servant greater 
than his Lord," that he should partake of the 
fruits of the earth for the sustenance of his mortal 
life with unspoken gratitude to the Creator and 
Giver? These are solemn thoughts, however 
trifling they may seem. Wo pray, " Give us this 
day our daily bread." When it is so freely given, 
should we not say, " I thank thee, Father? " We 
instruct our children to repeat the plostiiug, 
" Thank you," for gifts, and shall toe, as children, 
be less courteous to our Heavenly Parent, than we 
would have our little oneB to be to etraugors or 
friends? Ah, no! Just in the degree that God is 
worthier than the stranger, should our thanks to 
him exceed in depth of gratitude the " thank you " 
to the stranger. " In every thing, by prayer and 
supplication with thanksgiving let your request be 
made known unto God." Phil. 4: G. 

LaPorte, hid. 



' THE AQE OF REASON.' 



ill' LEWIS W. TEETEK. 



Our object in using the above word3 is simply 
because they express the thought briefly, that we 
wish to consider, though once spoken by an infi 
del. 

It is true that this is an age in which men in- 
quire. When there is an effect manifest, men are 
not satisfied until they ascertain the cause, -^gain, 
when a certain cause is known to exist, they will 
not be content uniil they know what the effect 
shall be; and if they can not so readily determine 
the effect to a nicety, they will make a venture, — 
come to some conclusion, — right or wrong. 

To almost all rules there are some exceptions. 
While men will reason of matters pertaining to 
the sciences with a great degree of fairness and 
care, and with very much harmony, often, and, 
while two or more men may reason from the same 
premises, and arrive at remarkably similar con- 
clusions and do it by the same mode of reasoning, 
— when it comes to reasoning on the Sacred Script- 
ures, even the same men who agree on scientific 
matters, and arrive at their conclusions on tbe 
same line, will be as diverging in their manner of 
reasoning and conclusions as the Bides of on ob 
tuse angle, and even as opposite as north is to 
south. This is one exception in this age of reason 
in which men will not reason fairly and honestly, 
or, bettor, will not reason at all. 

The latter is true only of the class who "will 
not endure sound doctrine." The earnest and 
honest seeker after the Truth will listen to, and 
will bB persuaded by, fair reasoning. Hence it is 
still true that this is an age of reasoning; and it is 
also true that the men who shall be any benefit to 
the church, are such men who have been brought 
into the church by the power of reaEon, having 
their understanding enlightened, — understanding 
what the will of the Lord ia (Eph. 5: 17), and 
what it is not. According to this method it may 
take a longer time to get a person into the church, 
but I will assure you that if you get him in under 
such influences, you will have a man who will 
prove a support to the church, and an influence 
for good, — a man that can and will let his light 
shine. His zeal and energy in his work are like 



a burning blaze,— being derived from tha Gospel 
form of doctrine, ob the unconsumable wick, which 
is saturated by grace and truth, and lit up by the 
ed understanding; hence needs to be lit 
but once, (o continue to burn without cessation. 

Exhortation is good and profitable when it is 
done in accordance with the Word. Yet it should 
he remembered that exhortation should be used 
and not abused. If too much exhortation is em- 
ployed it becomes ineffectual when it should be 
UEed, because it becomes monotonous. 

Exhortations should be given eo^ording to the 
doctrine, and with doctrine, — with all longsuffer- 
ing and doctrine. 2 Tim. 4: 2. Undue efforts 
should not be made to get persons baptized by 
water, before there are evidences apparent that 
the understanding is enlightened. My observa- 
tion and tad experience tell me clearly, that oare- 
less admission of persons into the church has 
only brought burdens, grievouB to he borne, on 
those who have the care of the fleck; and besides 
this it does persons so admitted no good, and the 
result is, they must be disowned by the church. 
This begets n hatred in them against the church 
which ends in mockery and persecution toward 
the church. 

Well, who or what is to blame for all [this? I 
answer, the one thing that we want to pay atten- 
tion to is, that the blamo is not on us in neglect- 
ing to study to show ourselves approved unto God, 
as workmen that need not be ashamed, rightly 
dividing the Word of Truth. 2 Tim. 2: 15. 

Therefore, instead of getting people baptized 
with water too soon, let us seek to have them bap- 
tized sufficiently in the stream of " Gospel Teach- 
ing," that they may receive the gift of "under- 
standing and know what the will of the Lord is." 

"If any man teach otherwise,' and consent not 
to wholesome word?, even the worda of our Lord 
Jesus Chritt, and to the doctrine which is accord- 
ing to godlinees: he is proud, knowing nothing, 
but doting about questions and strifes of words, 
whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil sur- 
rnieiugs, perverse dispntinga of men of corrupt 
minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that 
gain is godliness; from such withdraw thyself," 
1 Tim. G: 3-5. Amen! It is well eaid, Paul. 

Now, in conclusion, we would say this: Since in 
our protracted meetings, the mistakes above al- 
luded to are more likely to be made than at other 
times, I would advise that the greatest care be 
taken in selecting a minister, eo that not more 
harm may result from the meetings than good. 
It ia a great deal better and easier to avoid the 
sowing of evil seeds than to pull the bitter weedB, 
which must be done if the seeds are sown. 

In having a protracted meeting, let the ohief 
and primary object be to have the unadulterated 
Word of God promulgated; then, if there should 
be any accessions to the church, it ia well. If 
not, it is just as well; for it is self-evident that the 
Word ha3 not yet taken sufficient hold on the 
hearts of the hearers. Perhaps the Word was not 
fully conceived, perhaps the term of gestation has 
not been fulfilled, — regeneration is not sufficient- 
ly complete. Let the Word have its course, but 
let it be nursed by the home ministers! The time 
will come when souls are born of water and of the 
Spirit. 

As in nature, so it is also in the spirit, — a pre- 
mature' birth endangers the life of both the 
mother and child. If one is baptized before the 
Word has done its work, it likely will result in 
the prostration of both the person so baptized and 
the church. 

Hagcrstown, Ind. 



All children are God's jewels, and yet how 
little are they cared fori" 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 7, 1890. 



OUR GENERAL TREASURY. 



The Animal Meeting of L8S9 Couad it necessary 
to establish a Treasury for the Brotherhood, in 
order to meet the expenses connected with mat- 
ters of general interest fco the church, such as se- 
curing proper titles to its property, and oaring for 
it, and the incidental expenses of committees to 
whom other matters of genera] interest are en- 
trusted in the authorized work of the church, not 
otherwise provided for, and appointed Eld. S. H. 
Myers, of Timherville, Va., Treasurer of the gen- 
eral church. A recent letter from him indicates 
that lii* duty or powers are not understood by 
others, and this causes embarrassment to him, 
and he requests that a statement lie published 
through the Messenger, denning his duties and 
powers, so that these may be known to all having 

business with his office. I. however, tlo not. know 
that I am able to do this. At least I will not as- 
sume to speak for tin' church at large. I will on- 
ly give my views on the subject. I do not think 
that the regulations necessary to fully equip the 
treasury, to meet all the needs of the treasury, are 
sufficiently developed. 

But as relates to the duty and powers of the 
Treasurer, as the mailer now stands it seems clear 
to me that lie can not honor any claim that has 
not been reported to the Annual Meeting and for 
which an assessment has not been ordered by the 
Annual Meeting. 

At the Annual Meeting of 1889, claims to tiie 
amount of $120 were reported, and brethren Jo- 
seph Amiek, D. L. Miller and J. G. Royer, as a 
committee, were ordered to apportion this amount, 
$120, fco the State District Treasurers, to pay in 
proportion as, in their judgment, is a fair esti- 
mate of the churches >>£' said Districts to pay. 
This was done, and, presumably, their apportion- 
ment is as near equal to all the churches as it was 
possible to make it. Now their apportionment 
was to secure $120, the amount necessary to meet 
the claims reported to Annual Meeting, and it 
would seem very clear that the Treasurer has no 
authority to honor any other claim out of the 
money collected to pay those for which the as- 
sessment was apportioned to the churches. Any 
person can sec that to pay claims that were not 
reported t<> Annual Meeting, and for which no 
provision was made, must, leave unpaid those that 
were reported to Annual Meetiug and provided 
for, neither lias any church or State District any 
right to withhold the assessment made to meet 
the claims reported to Annual Meeting in order to 
meet a debt, created since the Annual Meeting. 
To do that would hinder the Treasurer from pay- 
ing the claims for which the Annual Meeting pro- 
vided. Such a course would likely be considered 
almost like making a premature demand on the 
Treasury on a doubtful claim. 

Since the last Annual Meeting, expenses have 
occurred and were paid by brethren from their 
own money while attending to the duties as- 
signed them by Annual Meeting, but there is no 
money in the Treasury to meet these expenses, 
and it is not right that brethren shall be out of 
their money for a full year or more until the next- 
assessment is available, to pay this money back to 
them. This fact brings forward the defect that 
now exists in our Treasury regulations. 

The next Annual Meeting should order an as- 
sessment sufficiently large to meet all ex- 
isting claims, and to make a surplus of not less 
than one hundred dollars in the Treasur 
euough to meet all probable expenses connected 
with any and all the work it may order during the 
ensuing year. It should authorize the Moder 
ator and Clerk of each Annual Meeting to receive 



the reports of such expen es, and if approved by 
them, write an order on the Treasurer to pay the 
amount, and that the Treasurer report all the bus- 
iness of his office to next Annual Meeting. This 
will place such safeguards about the funds in the 
Treasury that it is not likely any payments of a 
doubtful character would be ordered by the Mod- 
erator or Clerk. As the matter now stands, the 
whole responsibility of paying out funds rests on 
the Treasurer. This is wrong. He should pay 
out no money, excepting on orders signed by the 
one designated by the Annual Meeting, and these 
orders would be his vouchers in making out his 
yearly report to Annual Meeting. 

Should the publishing interests of the Breth- 
ren's Publishing Company be transferred to the 
Brotherhood, the Treasurer, necessary in that 
case, might serve as such for the church, and all 
the existing defects might, in that arrangement, 
be provided for. 



CORRESPONDENCE 






From Clayton, 111, 

I am now at the Concord church, Adams Co., 
111. I expect to hold a council-meeting with them 
to day, aud tb°n hold some other meetings for 
them From h^re I expect to go to Barry, Pike 
County, by ordn" of the Missionary Board, to visit 
the scattered members, and give them a few meet- 
ings. 

Tha menberi of the Spring Ran church, Fulton 
County, HI , heiJ their love-feast Oat. 5 and G, 
and were bleased with a gooj meeting. The min- 
isterial force was ample enough on Sunday, Dec. 
1, that a part of the forc^ went to Prairie City, six 

lea west, and preached morniug aud evening in 
the Presbyterian church. This is the first time 
the brethren ever preached at that plac*. The 
people seemed to ba p'ea^ed with the plain, practi- 
cal and earnest presentation of Bible (ruth. One 
was received by baptism sioca oar love-feast, and 
by letter. Our quarterly cjumil wa3 hold 
Dec. 7. There seemed to be a union of sentiment 
in all that was presented to the church. We 
expect Bro. Solomon Buckler, of the Coal Creek 
church, to hold som3 meetings for us some time 
in January. May the Lord be with us, and may 
we all work together for his cause aud the salva- 
tion of souls! Too often we trust too much to the 
preacher. We expect him to do all the work. 
This is not the apostolic plan- Paul say«, " Pray 
for me, that utterance may be given me." Eph, 
Cr. 19. If the laity would have the love, zeal, and 
earnestness they should have, a great work could 
be done for the cause, and many would be added 
unto the church. John Pool 

Avon, III. 

Messages Dropped by the Way. 

After a car-ride of one hundred miles, and a 
twelve-mile trip by private conveyance, I arrived 
in the mission field of North-eastern Missouri 
Dec. 3. 

While I was in this, the Novelty congregation, 
two montha ago, we all rejoiced in seeing a dear 
soul come to the Lord, — one that seemed to be 
destined to exert great influence. When I re- 
turned, the departure of our dear Bister Fannie 
Sterling was mourned, but, on account of the many 
words of warning she gave to the unsaved and the 
words of encoaragement to thoae of the Lord's 



house, many rejoiced in the midst of sorrow. Our 
sister passed away in her twenty-second year. 
The only regret she expreseed was, that so many 
opportunities to do good had been neglected. To 
make alt possible amends, she said and did more 
in words and deeds for perishing souls in two 
months than many do in jears. We hope her ex- 
ample will be a bright light to those she left be- 
hind. 

Oar daily meetings in Millersburgh are well at- 
tended, and so far one dear soul has set her hus- 
band and children a good example by being bap- 
tized. C. C. Boot. 

At Home Again. 

Sept. 2 wife and I started from Conway Springs 
on our Eastern tour. We arrived at Mulberry- 
Grove on the morning of Sept. 4, where we visited 
among our dear brethren and friends. Sept. 7 
we attended the love-feast in the Hurricane Creek 
church. We had a very pleasant meeting. There 
wa=? als:> preaching on the morning of the 8th at 
the same place. On the evening of the 8th we had 
meeting at the Lilligh meeting-house, in Mulberry 
Grove church; also on the evening of the 9th at 
the same place. The same day we assisted in 
anointing old sister Lilligh. 

On the morning of Sept. 11, we started for 
Cameron, W. Va, where we arrived the 12th. 
Here my youngest brother, Benjamin, met us 
and conveyed us to his home. I held seven 
meetings in the school-houee near by. Although 
the weather was rainy, the attendance was good. 
I preached in this neighborhood over forty years 
ago. What a change in the face of the country 
and citizens that span of time can make! 

Sept. ISth I went to Bowman Ridge, Marshall 
Co., W. Va. Here my oldest brother, Adam Wise, 
now in his eightieth year, lives. I held five meet- 
ings in this neighborhood. We had a crowded 
house and good attention. 

On the morning of Sept. 23, we left West Vir- 
ginia for Washington County, Pa., our native 
County. Here we held a number of meetings 
and visited until Oct. o\ when John J. Cover 
(my brother-in-law) aud sister Anne met us, 
and took us to Fairview church, Fayette Co., Pa. 
I held two meetings in their new meeting-honse 
with fair attendance. At this place I labored in 
my early ministry and learned many useful les- 
soue from our lamented brother, Eld. James 
Qainter. How much we miss him ! 

£ returned to Washington County, Pa., Oct. 
12, to attend the Communion services on the ev- 
ening of that day. On account of heavy rain the 
attendance was not as large as usual. The feast 
%vas held at the Pigeon Creek house in the Ten 
Mile church, and it was one long to be remem- 
bered. Many old persons communed, perhaps 
for the last time on earth. We had services on 
Sunday morning and then we took the parting 
.hand. The parting was a tender one, as we felt 
it was the last farewell on earth, at least with 
us. We spent two days visiting relatives in 
Washington, and held two meetings. 

Oct. 16 we went to Armstrong County, Pa., 
where we lived nearly two years, during 1866 and 
1867. Here we held six meetings which were well 
attended. 

Oct. 21 we arrived at Canton, Ohio. I held two 
meetings in the First Baptist church in Canton. 
On account of rainy evenings, the attendance was 
small. 

Oct. 24 we went to the East Nimishillen church, 
where I held seven meetings which were well at- 
tended. Our next point was Mogadore, in the 
Springfield church, Summit County, Ohio, where 
we remained until Nov. 4. Here one young sister 
was buried with Christ and arose to walk in new- 
ness of life. May God help her! 



Jan. 7, 1S90. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGE] 



Nov. 4 we arrived at Tiffin, Seneca Co , O. I 
held meetings in the Green Springe ohnrch until 
the night of Nov. 17. One applicant presented 
himself for baptism, and others seemed to be near 
the Kingdom! 

Nov. 19 we went to Chicago Junction, whore I 
held seven meetings. Here Bro. Adam Beelman 
is the resident minister. 

Nov. 25 I boarded the train for North Manches- 
ter, Ind. On Tuesday evening I commenced 
meetings in tho Eel River church, and coutinned 
until the forenoon of Dee 2 I preaohed in North 
Manchester in the eveniug to a fall house of atten- 
tive hearers. 

Dec. 3 we arrived at Carro Gordo,— too late for 
the meeting. I held meeting in Cerro Gordo on 
the evening of Dec. 4 and next morning. On tho 
afternoon of Dec. 5, we boarded the train for horn 
where we arrived Dee. 7, and found all well. 

Thanks be to God, our Great Preserver, for his 
fatherly care over us ! Many thanks be also to the 
dear ones for their kindness and substantial aid 
bestowed upon us! 

Eld. John and Nanoy Wise 

Conway Springs, Kans. 



To the Afflicted. 

By permission of our Editors, I feel like saying 
to the many readers of the Messenger, and espe- 
cially to those who have asked me to preach for 
them this winter, that I have decided to take no 
long tours of ministerial work for the present, but 
that I shall give my feeble body a chance to rally. 
I have now been under the "Dr. A. Wilford Hall 
treatment," for about ona month, and the effect of 
it is Buch as to prompt me to feel quite hopeful 
that I will yet enjoy reasonably good health. 
The treatment is such that it cannot (like dru" 
medication) lose its effect upon the system after 
being used for a long time. Were it not for the 
broken parts of my body, I would look for almost 
perfect health in the near future. 

I feel like describing the method to every one 
who is afflicted, but as the pamphlet, which gives 
the desired information, is copyrighted, I can only 
reveal the treatment to others under the provisions 
made therefor by the Doctor himself. Each 
purchaser of a pamphlet thereby secures to him- 
self the right to use the treatment for self and fam- 
ily, but not outside of said limits. 

Then, since I could not be permitted to give the 
rationale of the treatment, except as above stated, 
I have accepted the agency, so that I may, in that 
way, communicate the good news to the afflicted. 
Any who wish to confer with me by private corre- 
spondence can do so (always enclosing stamp), 
and if desiring the pamphlet, they can get it from 



small congregations. Bro. Gish oame towards thp 
last oE the week; also Bro. Weimer, a minister who 
was stopping some fifty miles west, and who had 
lately come from Michigau. We closed meetings 
at this point with a Communion. People are very 
orderly, and give good attention. 

From this poiut we went four miles west to 
Egypt, where, by Bro. McCann's efforts, several 
were baptized. We oontiuued here one week and 
closed with two additions and oue applioaut. 

We saw a demonstration of faith at this poiut 
that in worthy of note. An old sister, nearly eigh- 
ty years of age, went to maetiug every night, staff 
in each hand, over pole bridges, through swamps 
and mud, three-fourths of a milo. What a con- 
trast to some who oau hardly go to meeting when 
everything is favorable! We were told that this 
same old sister, with another old sister, had 
walked four miles, staff in hand, to Communion 
meeting. Would to God the ohuroh had more 
such faith! The people in Arkansas take but lit- 
tle interest iu spiritual matters. It is very slow 
work to get them to see the Truth, yet our labor 
is not in vain. Tho Brethren are kind, and the 
people generally give good attention to preaching. 

„ , ,. . . Sidney Hodgden. 

Palestine, Ark. 



The Pacific Slope. 



I have been a great sufferer for over thirty-six 
years, and have been "humbugged" with medicine- 
men and drug medication Like the poor woman of 
whom we read in the Bible and who had spent all 
her living, etc., the writer has long been wrestling 
hard against adverse winds and waves. Now vre 
see a little rift in the dark clouds, and we bless 
God for the hope, that we shall be permitted to 
work for him a little while yet! To this end let 
us pray, one and all! A. Hutchison. 

Centre View, Mo. 

From the Arkansas Mission. 

Leaving Laforge, Mo , Nov. 22, I arrived next 
day at Palestine, St. Francis Co, Ark, where 
there is an organization of Brethren, numbering, 
perhaps, about twenty, five members, including one 
minister. On our arrival we commenced meetings 
three miles north of Palestine near Bro. Slonik- 

ot'a, m a (leaoorj. We continued one week with 



Tnooaii much has been written concerning tho 
wonders, (lie beauties aud the possibilities of the 
Paoific Slope, the pen is inadequate to tho task of 
a correct description simply upon tho ground that 
the art of writing and describing is not equal to 
the work of God in the natural productions. It is 
another instance of the Creator coming out 
ahead. When one sees the country he concludes, 
" The half has never been told." 

Mr. McDonangh, of the Santa Fe, and Mr. A. P. 
Maginnis B eem to have determined to have ua see 
a great deal of Southern California; hence, for 
eighteen days, we were not simply shown Los An- 
geles, the great and leading metropolis of this 
part of the State, and a few little villages, but we 
were made acquainted with a number of towns and 
cities, aud visited many farms aud gardens, con- 
versed with their owners, interviewed men engageil 
in various industries, studied the problems of irri- 
gation, fruit culture, dairying, farming, cost of 
living, price of building material and suoh other 
things as might be useful to mortals seeking 
homes. There were in our company, at times, broth" 
ren Meyers, Flory, Frantz, Norcross, Amen, Plum 
and Nair,— all of whom took an interest in know- 
ing the results of farming. We traveled over 800 
miles, nearly 100 of which was in carriages or on 
foot. 

Oar conclusion is that those fine valleys, 
where there is perpetual summer, should have 
thousands of brethren aud sistors as occupants to 
help sound out the Gospel of Jesus, and personal- 
ly I feel that I could do no better work for a year 
or two than to assist members to learn more of 
this land, and thus aid iu forming little communi- 
ties of members at various points. But let no one 
conclude that he can honestly eat and drink and 
enjoy the land without lubor. Thoss who are un 
willing to toil are not being blessed with success. 
The infraction of the law of toiling, getting and 
saving, in California operates precisely as it does 
in Iowa aud Ohio. The great majority of congre- 
gations from Germantown, Pa, to tho Pacific 
Coast has been started by a few persons who 
moved there, lived right, and toiled to build up 
the cause. And this rule must, in my judg- 
ment, be followed out in the Pacific Slope, to be 
successful. It is a missionary plan, well tried 
and successful, and I see no reason to set it 
aside. The few weeks I spent in this genial 
climate have had an excellent effect on my sys- 



tem and I long to make it my home. My sleep 
has beou sweet, my appetite good, my mind clear 
my feelings full of repose and blessedness. But 
sin abounds also. The flowers are plentiful and 
tho oranges abundant, but sometimes when 
you would pluck either, a thorn is nigh to pierce 
yon or warn you away. So iu righteousness there 
are thorns aud thistles to remind you of weak- 
uesses. But I am willing to do my part in build- 
ing up the Lord's work on tho coast, and though 
that part may be little, let the Lord be honored. 
Every little rill, oat in these mountains, does its 
part to make up the river which bears its preoious 
waters to the husbandman. I came to California 
to rest, but I now prefer to toil, and rest when 
my work is done— laboring faithfully for tho Mas- 
ter sud that part of his footstool knowu as South- 
ern California. m. M. Eshelman. 

From Ltnnell, Becker Co., Mrau. 



Ouu series of meetings closed last Sunday night. 
Bro. M. H. Fowler bade us farewell on Monday 
morning. We were sorry to see him go. There 
are many suoh brethren needed in this part of 
God's moral vineyard, »ud we hope God will send 
them soon! 

Bro. Fowler commenced preaching Nov. 10 
and stayed three weeks. Ho preached twenty- 
seven sermons in all. All seemed interested in 
listening to the truth of God's Word, so earnestly 
explained to us. Four procious souls were made 
willing to servo Christ One dear sister was 
only twelve years of age. May the Lord bless 
the lambs, is my prayer! We believe others 
were almost persuaded. 

Nov. 27 we met at Bro. Overholser's to effect an 
organization. This being done, an election was 
held for a deaejn. The lot fell upon Bro J. G. 
Moore, who was duly installed into office. The 
church will be known as the Shell Prairie church. 
Brethren present were M. H. Fowler, elder, and 
W. H. Eikenberry, deacon. We are only a small 
flock,— nine members in all,— and pray that the 
good Lord may bless us iu onr undertakings. We 
live forty miles from the railroad. Our nearest 
station is Detroit, on the Northern Paoific rail- 
Any one wishing to visit us, will please let 
us know so that we may meet them at the train, if 
Bahbaiia A. Moobe. 



From McPherson, Kans, 

(Jdite a gloom seemed to prevail this beautiful 
Lord's Day morning over aud around McPherson 
College, as the corpse of our young brother, Ira 
Neher, of Holinesville, Nebr , was slowly borne 
away to the depot, followed by the long train of 
students, marching on foot after the corpse. Bro. 
Neher was only a little over eighteen years old, 
but early gave his heart to God. He had been 
getting along nicely at school until a few days ago, 
| when he was suddenly attacked with troubles that 
involved the heart, lungs and brain at the same 
time. This was too much for his feeble constitu- 
tion. Ho died peacefully and quietly iu his room 
in the College this morning, at 12; 15. As soon 
as the dangerous character of tho attack was 
learned, his father was informed by telegraph; 
and he arrived iu time to witness his peaceful and 
quiet departure. Our sympathies and prayers 
accompany the father on his lonely trip home- 
ward! Daniel Vaniman. 
Dee. 22, 'SO. 

" There is a kuowledge whioh is very proper in 
man, and lies level to human understanding — the 
knowledge of our Creator and the duty we owe 
him." 



THE GOSPEL MESBENGEE. 



Jan. 7, 1890. 



From Falling Spring Congregation, Franklin Co , Pa 

BliO. Daniel P. Stootfeb, of Benevolo, Md. 
was with us recently, and preach 
mons at the Browa'e Mill ineotiug-house. As a 
result, nine souls yielded to his earnest appeals, 
and were buried with Christ in baptism. We ha 1 
very dark nights for our meetings, and it rained 
almost every evening; but with all these disadvan- 
tages, Bro. StouftVr drew large oong rogations 
The church was built up and awaken- I 
duty. Onu deal brother ami his wife relumed to 
the fold and desired to be n in&tatod into the fam- 
I 

Bro. Stooffer gained many friends whili 
us, and we trust that hia earnest; admonitions may 
be the meaua of increasing our zeal for the Truth. 

We intend holding a series oE meetings in the 
near future, at both the Falling Spring and the 
Shady Grove meeting-houses May God help us 
all to double our diligence in the great work of 
the church. I fear too many of us are too 
indifferent in this matter! Let ub visit those who 
are near the Truth. Often we can do more in one 
visit than in a dozen sermons from behind the ta- 
ble. Wm. A. Anthonv. 

Clay Bill, Pa 

Onr Meeting. 

On Saturday evening, Nov. 23, Bro Daniel 
Miller, of Morcersburg, Pa , preached in the public 
school building in this place, and, on Sunday 
morning, in a school-house up the valley. The 
meetings were well attended, and his sermons 
much appreciated by the people. This was the 
first service hy onr Brethren in the town for 
nearly three years, and we were pleased with the 
interest and attendance. We live twenty-five 
miles from the main body of the church, and have 
preaching only four times a year. 

Nov. 29th Bro. Jas. A. Sell arrived, having been 
sent by the Miseion Board of tne Middle District 
of: Pennsylvania, He commenced meetings on the 
evening of Nov. 30th and continued over two 
weeks. From the first service the attendance was 
large. There was an increase in interest and num- 
ber as the meetings progressed. 

The yoong people of the town and community 
seemed to take special interest in the meeting, and 
would leave their own church to be present. 
This is a feature we have noticed in all of the 
Brethren's meetings here. At our late meeting, 
more than a common interest was manifested, and 
the good order and attendance drew forth toe sur- 
prise of the citizens. 

Bro. Sell preached a special Bermon to the youug 
people, but in all his discourses aimed to impress 
them with the importance of early piety, and of 
the iaeauty and utility of leading Christian lives. 
He also preached on doctrinal points, not only for 
the benefit of the people, but that the members 
might be confirmed in the Truth. He spoke one 
evening on Fe?t-washing, another on the Anoint- 
ing, and another on the Lord's Supper. By spe- 
cial request of one of the citizens of the town, he 
devoted the last Saturday evening to a sermon on 
Close Communion. Alhough the day had been a 
rainy one, the night dark and the roads muddy, 
yet a large audience assemble:! to hear the reasons 
for our position. ThiB oooasion afforded a good 
opportunity to show the difference in doctrine and 
discipline, etc. Ho also said that we, a? a people, 
desired to have as broad and liberal a platform, an 
authorized by the Gospel, aud if we are a? narrow 
and contracted as people think uotobe, we learned 
it from the Savior, who said his way was strait 
and narrow. He dwelt largely on the differenca 
in discipline, and brought up the position ths 
church has always held in regard to temperanco, di- 
vorce, and the doubtful wave of raising money for 



church work. Tun latter point came close home, 
ading minister o£ the town was present 
and Lis church had something of that nature just 
a night or two previous. Truth is truth, however, 
and error should be condemned even though it 
ia in high places. Every one seemed eager to 
listen, and the crowded hall was all interest and 
attention. This ended the doctrinal sermons. 
At the closing services we had a still greater num- 
ber of listeners. This we did not expect, as we 
supposed the Truth the night previous would not 
be well received. Hard arguments in soft words 
are hard to resist. Thus ended our series of ser- 
mons. The large assembly joined in sieging, 
"God be with you till we meet again," and we 
separated, feeling that we had enjoyed a good 
meeting. Many said the meetings should be con- 
tinued, and had we a house of our own, an effort 
would have been made to have some one follow 
Bro. Sell, bus the house was wanted for literary 
work and we could not consistently ask for it any 
longer. One of the needs here is a house and we 
hope to have it ere many years. We feel there 
) those who were deeply interested, and, 
could the work have been continued, would have 
come into the fold. Arrangements are being made 
to havo more meetings, and we are encouraged to 
bslievo that ere long our number will be increased, 

Bro. Sell is an earnest teacher, and ought to be 
in the field all the time. It ia to be regretted that 
men who are capable of preaching and teaching as 
he is, should be compelled to stay at home. We 
hope for a better system soon, and we, as lay-mem- 
bers, should do our part towards bringing it 
about. Our love for the Truth and lost souls ib 
appaientby the sacrifices we make for their bene- 
fit. How much are we welling to do to further 
the cause we profess to love? How much? 

"Wealthy A. Bobkholder. 

Fanneitsburg, Pa. 

Our Recent Visit to Iowa. 

Nov. 22 I started for Greene, Iowa, to attend 
the District Meeting. Staying over night at 
Sheldon, loiva, with Bro. Smucker, I met Bro. 
Tobias Meyers, who accompanied me to the place 
of meeting. We arrived at Greene, Nov. 23. 
Meeting had been appointed for the evening, and 
mauy dear brethren from far and near were pres- 
ent. Many of them I had known in former years, 
and when I arose to addre3s them, I could scarce- 
ly refrain from weeping. 

On Sunday, Nov. 24, after attending their pleas- 
ant Sunday-school, we met for preaching services. 
Eld. S. Miller, of Waterloo, addressed us on the 
subject of " Christian Warfare." In the evening 
Bro. L, JR. Peifer, of "Waterloo, discoursed upon 
"What is man?" Nov. 24 we met for District 
Meeting business. [This part of our brother's ac- 
count having been reported by several others, in 
previous issues, it is here omitted. — Ed.] 

The Brethren's meeting- house, at Greene, is a 
pleasant place of worship, Bro. John Eikenberry 
has charge of the little flock at this place, assisted 
in the ministry by Bro. W. 0. Hipes. 

Nov. 27 I returned to Sheldon and held four 
meetings in that congregation. After the meet- 
ings, the Brethren and friends of this place, as- 
sisted by thoBe of Carroll Couuty, 111., filled a car 
with oats and corn, to which Bro. Smucker added 
a sack of fine flour. Arriving homo Dec. 3, the 
car arrived a few days later, and then there was a 
joyful distribution made to the needy one3. Our 
hearts go out in thankfulness to the kind donors. 

Our meetings in Alpena are still being con- 
tinued. I also have charge of the Brethren at 
Mt. Vernon, and last fall held a series of meetings 
for them. During these meetings Bro. A. Harader 
was re-instated into the second degree oE the 



ministry. I then gave the work at Mt. Vernon 
into his hands, but, owing to delicate health and 
financial reverses, he has net been able to attend 
to it as fully as would have been desirable. I re- 
gret.that my domestic affairs prevent me from 
meeting with the Brethren of Mt Vernon more 
frequently, but I will, by the grace of God, do for 
them what I can. B. 3?. Miller. 

Motes of Travel. 



The meetings were continued here (Moscow), 
in the Brethren's meeting-house, from Sunday 
Dec. 1 to Thursday Dec. 12, every evening, and 
twice on Sunday, making fourteen appointments 
in all. Though the attendance was not so large, 
yet, considering the unfavorable circumstances, 
(bad roads and dark nights part of the time), it 
was as large as could be expected. All appeared 
to be very attentive to the Word preached, and we 
hope it will do them good as it doe3 the upright 
in heart. 

On Friday, Dec. 13, Bro. Hershey and I went to 
Pullman, a station nine miles west, where his 
daughter, sister Lobaugh, lives, and also our aged 
sister Wringer. Some, perhaps, remember that 
sister Wringer has been a liberal subscriber to 
the fund for furnishing the GosrEL Messenger 
to the poor. We were kindly entertained, while 
there, by Mr. Mason, sister Wringer's son-in-law, 
and Bro. Hershey's son-in-law, Mr. Lobaugh. 
The Congregationalists kindly opened their house 
for our use while there. We had services on Sat- 
urday evening at 7: 30 P. M., Suuday at 11 A. M,, 
and Sunday evening at 7: 30 P. M. There was 
quite a small congregation on Saturday evening 
because it was not sufficiently known, but on Sun- 
day and Sunday evening we had quite a fair at- 
tendance, and very strict attention was given io 
the preached Word. If there are no immediate 
results, we hope our efforts may be like " bread 
cast upon the waters to be gathered many days 
hence." 

We expect Bro. Bashor on Thursday, Deo 19, 
and have arranged to have council-meeting on 
Monday, Dec. 23. We had written to Bro. J. C. 
Lahman to meet with us at that time, but received 
word tc-day, upon cur return from Pullman, that 
he can not get here until Monday evening, hence 
we v/ill have to postpone the council if we posBi- 
bly can. The church may still meet on Monday 
in order to make preparatory arrangements. 

The prospect for crops during the coming year- 
depends largely upon the amount of snow they 
get in the winter; hence there is quite an anxiety 
for snow before the ground freezes too hard, so 
that the water may enter the ground as the snow 
melts. Bro Hershey's health is much better than 
when I came. He attended all the meetings but 
one. Sister Deeter is improving slowly. There 
is considerable sickness this winter, principally ty- 
phoid fever aud diphtheria. D. E. Price. 

Moscow, Idaho, Dec. 16, '89. 

From Glensted, Mo. 

I have just returned from the Audrain mission 
field. By the request of H. H. Garber I did some 
preaching near Middletown, Montgomery County. 
Last September, when I was there first, he was 
the only brother at that place. The doctrine of 
the Brethren had never been preached, previous to 
my arrival. I stayed nearly four weeks at that 
time, aud about ten days during my last visit. 
We now have nine members there, who are alive 
to the cause. 

There is a good opening at Middletown for an 
energetic minister. Qaite a number of the best 
citizens want to unite with us, as soon as arrange- 
ments can be made that insure permanency of or- 



Jan. 7, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



gamzation. Land j B cheap there, society good 
and school privileges excellent. The Mission 
Board should, if possible, locate a minister at that 
point, I am the nearest minister, but as I am 
more than one hundred miles distant from Mid- 
dletown, I oan not give them the attention they 
should have. 

Those desiring further information will please 
address brethren H. H. Garber or Thomas Walk- 
er, at the post-office given aboye. 

D- Bowman 



From lena, III. 

Odb Thanksgiving meeting was an enjoyable 
one, not simply became it occurred ou a special 
day, but because another soul was added to our 
number by baptism. 

Our quarterly council occurred on the same day 
in the afternoon. All business pasBed off pleas- 
antly. Two more have been added eince,-ono by 
baptism and the other reclaimed. Bro. S Yandt 
of the Nuperville church is expected among us by 
J an. 4th. Bro. J. M. Mohler will be with us some 
time during the winter. 

I left home Nov. 20th for Chickasaw Co, Iowa 
where I commenced some meetings iu the Spring 
Creek church. This church is presided over by 
Bro. M. Fowler, with Bro. 0. Beaver as his assist- 
ant in the ministry. This congregation, like 
many others, has had its gloomy seasons, but the 
interest manifested during the meetings, by the 
members as well as the unconverted, made us feel 
that a brighter day may be confidently hoped for 
by the little band in Chickaeaw. After sojourning 
among them two weeks, I returned home re- 
freshed in spirit, and thankful to find companion 
and children well. j) jj. jj; BY 

Dec 15. 

Prom Baltimore, M d. 
Since Nov. 1 1 have devoted much of my time I 
to distributing papers and tracts aboard the 
various vessels in this port. I also distributed 
and sola a lot of Bibles in the various languages. 
What a good thing it is that we can have the 
Bible id almost every known tonguel Thanks are 
due to the American Bible Society for the noble 
work they are doing in that direction. 

Bight here I wish to call the attention of the 
brethren and sisters to the fact that all papers or 
tracts sent me should be prepaid. The expenses 
of the Bible school are now in advance of the 
receipts, and it is impossible for me to expend 
more than what I am doing, out of my private 
runds. Keep your papers or tracts till you have 
enough to ship by freight. In that way the ex- 
pense will be but light, and you can prepay, thus 
saving the expense to the school. Direct all dona 
tions, letters, etc , to 1315 Light Street. 

James T. Qoinlan. 



■8 at this place. We had services at night until 
Saturday, Nov. 2, when we met at Chestnut Grove 
church for council. With one exception the mem- 
bers were all found to be in the faith, and in fel- 
lowship with each other. At the close of our 
connoil, one dear sister was received iuto the fold 
by baptism. 

In the evening we convened for Communion 
services. Thirty-three members partook of the 
sacred emblems. This was the first meeting of 
this kind ever held at this place. We had a good 
attendance and the best of order and attention 
Another meeting next day closed our work at this 
place. 

Oil Monday morning we returned home, and oh 
the following Friday I mot with the Brethren at 
Uomon Chapel for oonncil-meeting. AH buei 
boss was disposed of in a satisfactory manner A 
call was made for a series of meetings, and Bro 
Barnaul Driver, one of the home ministers, select- 
ed to do the preaching. Two applicants were 
present for baptism, but, owing to the extreme 
rain fall, could not be baptized until Sunday 
Bro Driver preached every night during the 
week until Saturday. As a reBult of his labors 
nine came out ou the Lord's side, and were bap- 
tized. On Saturday evening the members of this 
cuttrch mot for Communion exercises. Bro A D 
Garber and the writer had the pleasure of meeting 
with them on that occasion. Thirty-five members 
commuted. The meetings were continued for a 
few evenings, when one more was baptized, mak- 
ing twelve in all, at this plaoe. May the Lord 
ever keep them faithful. 

Last Sunday, Deo, 8, one was received by bap- 
tism in Middle River congregation. May the good 
work continue! Levi GinBEn 

ML Sidney, Va. 



give to the Lord one-tenth of their substance 
with which God has blessed them, what a grand 
work could be accomplished iu the Master's cause' 
We trust that the day is not far distant when our 
people will become fully alive to the importance 
of this subject, and realize that it is more blessed 
o give than to receive. The promises are certain- 
ly all in favor of the giver. E. J. Neber. 

From the White Church, Montgomery Co., Ind. 

Odr Communion was a very enjoyable one. We 
had an able corps of ministers, fine weather, and 
all seemed to be filled with that love that emanates 
from God. This was notonly expressed iu word, but 
indeed and iu truth. Two were baptized since the 
Communion. May God help thorn to walk in his 
counsels, and may they ever abound in the love of 
the Lord Jesus Christ, and overcome the powers 
of the wicked oue. 

Since our CommunioD, sister Mary Charlotte 
Boots (daughter of Eld. Martin Bowers) has gone 
to the spirit world, in the triumph of a living 
faith. Ten days before the spirit left the body 
she eaid she was ready, having made all arrange- 
ments about her funeral. She selected as her 
text Rev. 22: U, She leaves a husband, three chil- 
ren, father and mother, one brother, two Bisters 
and a largo number of brethren, sisters ami 
friends to mourn their loss, but wo have reason 
to believe that our Joes is her eternal gain. 

D. 0. Campbell. 

My Trip to West Virginia, 



Notes and Jottings. 

Daughter and I left home Oct. 24 for Rook 
bridge County, Va., a distance of sixty miles, on 
a mission of love to some isolated members The 
following day we arrived at the home of Bro 
Joseph I. McCormick. Here there are six men 
bers, — father and mother, and four daughters 
Arrangements were made for Communion service? 
Twenty-tbree members sutronnded the table of the 
Lord. We had a pleasant meeting. 

Next morning Bro. A. D. and sister Garber, 
daughter and I started on a twenty-mile drive to 
the home of sister Z,nk and daughter. On Sun- 
day, Oct. 27, we oould not reach the Dlace of our 
appointments ou aceouut of raiu and high water 
which also interfered with some of our appoint- 
ments during the week, but we occupied the time 
in extending the regular church visit to the mem- 



From Grant County, W. Va. 

More than one year ago we had our first series 
of meetings, conducted by brethren Jacob Gurbe>' 
and Michael Roller, from Rockingham. During 
the meeting tiro were added to the fold. We com- 
menced another series of meetings Nov. 2G, and 
closed Deo. 4 Bro. Z Annon, of Taylor County 
conducted the meetings. He preached in all 
thirteen sermons. The attendance was good and 
the attention and interest continued to increase to 
the close of the meeting. Two were added to the 
church by baptism, others are still halting between 
two opinions. 

The Brethren of South Mill Creek also had a 
meetiDg, beginning Dec. 2 and closing on the 8tb 
conducted by brethren John Zigler and Isaac 
Myers, of Rockingham. On Monday after the 
close of the meetiDg two were baptized. There, 
like here, others were almost, but not quite, ready.' 
J. C. Judy. 

Mouse's, W. Va. 



From Eeuka, Fla. 

At 11 A. M., the brethren and sisters of Keuk» 
and the vicinity, with a number of neighbors and 
friends, met for Thanksgiving services. Judging 
from the close attention and good behavior, we 
think all were interested in the sorvioes, and en- 
tered into the spirit of the meeting. After serv- 
ices a collection was taken up as a Thanksgiving 
offering, which amounted to 816 10, to be appro- 
priated to the Homo and Foreign Missions and 
Book and Tract Work. This liberality of the few 
membere and friends, who were present, is very 
gratifying to us, as it shows that our little audi- 
ence did not only honor God with their lips, but 
also with their substance. It is an evidence of 
what can bo done where there is first a williDg 
mind. If the brethren and sisters, all over our 
great Brotherhood, oould only become willing to | 



I left home Nov. 15 for the Newdale ohuroh, 
under the care of the Brethren of the Lost River 
congregation, Hardy Co, where I arrived on the 
evening of the same day. I began meetings the 
same evening and continued night and day for ten 
days. The weather, most of the time, was un- 
pleasaut on account of rain. The roads became 
muddy and the nights dark, yet, notwithstanding 
»1I this, our congregations and interest seemed to 
increase. As an immediate result of our meet- 
ings, nine wero added to tho church. May they be 
steadfast, ever striving to live a life devoted to 
God I 

We visited a number of families while among 
the members of the Newdale church, and found 
them very hospitable, and anxious to see the good 
work go on. 

I next went to the Mountain View church, in, 
what is called, the Lower Cove Here we held 
oue meeting and baptized two. I then went to the 
Lost River church where I held one meeting. 
From there I went home and found all well. 
Thanks to our Heavenly Father for his protecting 
oarel May all honor and praise be given himl 

„, T , B - W. Neff. 

Ml. Jackson, Va. 

From Dulinaville, Va. 



Nov. 18 Bro. Joseph M. Kagey, of Dayton, Va., 
commenced a series of meetings at this place. 
While we did not have any immediate accessions 
to the church, I hope and pray that the GoBpel 
seed, so plentifully sown, will yet germinate and 
grow to the honor and glory of our Blessed Lord. 
Nov. 23 we met for love-feast exercises. There 
wore but few communicants to enrroend the 
Lord's table. Our ministerial force consisted of 
Bro. Kagey, of Dayton, Va., and Eld. D. Weimer, 
of Beelton, Va. Bro. Kagey oflioiated. 

Inasmuch as the " Go ye " is a declaration of 
the Lord, it seems to me that the Virginia Mis- 
Board should looate Bro. Kagey or some oth- 
er laithtul brother, here iu this part of the State, 
so that the people might be taught continuously 
the way that leadeth unto life. J. F. Bbitton. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 7, 1890. 



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primitive Christianity. 

It recognizes the New Testament as the only infallible rule 
of faith and practice, and maintains that Faith toward Go;l, 
Repentance from dead works, Regeneration of the heart and 
mind, baptism by Trine Immersion for remission of sins unto 
the reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, 
are the means of adoption into the household of God,— the 
church militant. 

It also maintains that Feet-washing, as taught in John 13, 
both by example and command of Jesus, should be observed 
in the church. 

That the Lord's Supper, instituted by Christ and as univer- 
sally observed by the apostles and the early Christians, is a 
full meal, and, in connection with the Communion, should 
be taken in the evening or after the close of the day. 

That the Salutation of the Holy Kiss, or Kiss of Charity, 
is binding upon the followers of Christ. 

That War and Retaliation are contrary to the spirit and 
self-denying principles of ttie religion of Jesus Christ. 

That the principle of Plain Dressing and of Non-conform- 
ity to the world, as taught in the New Testament, should he 
observed by the followers of Christ. 

That the Scriptural duty of Anointing the Sick with Oil, 
in the Name of the Lord, James 5: 14, is binding upon all 
Christians. 

It also advocates the church's duty to support Missionary 
and Tract Work, thus giving to the Lord for the spread of 
the Gospel and for the conversion of sinners. 

In short, it is a vindicator of all that Christ and the apos- 
tles have enjoined upon us, and aims, amid the conflicting 
theories and discords of modern Christendom, to point out 
ground that all must concede to be infallibly safe 



Two were recently added to the Middle Eiver 
church, Va , by baptism. 

This number of the Messenger contains ac- 
counts of 25S baptisms, which are given in 87 com- 
munications. „__„- 

Buo. Jacob Delp, of the Yellow Creek church, 
111,, made us a short visit He attended the meet- 
ing of the District Mission Committee. 

Bbo. J. H. Millek, of GosheD, Ind, has been 
holding meetings near Greenville, Darke Co., 
Ohio. At last report two had accepted Christ. 

Deo. 13 Bro. J. B. Light closed a twelve days' 
meeting in the Lafayette clrureb, Allen Co., Ohio, 
with two additions and others almost persuaded. 



Illount Morris, III., 



Jan. 7, 1890. 



Bro. Michael Flobv changes his address from 
Cambria, Ind., to Girard, 111. 

Peach blosBoms in December. They have them 
in Georgia, as our brother, J. H. Moore, proved 
to us by inclosing several in a letter received 
about Christmas time. The winter has, thus far, 
been unusually mild in the North, 



Bso. David Plum and family have reached the 
Paoific Coast and are at present located in Los 
Angeles. They are well pleased with California. 

Bro. I. J. Eosenberger held a series of meet- 
ings in the Dayton church during the closing days 
of the old year. Seven made the good confession 
of faith. 

Bro. W. R Deeter spent the first half of the 
last month in preaching a series of dostrinal ser- 
mons at Middlebury, Ind. Nine were added to 
the church by baptism. 

Bro, D. D. Thomas spent ten days in Indiana 
during the Holiday vacation, preaching in the 
congregation over which Bro. David Bupe! has 
charge. He reports good meetings. 

Durikg last month Bro. C. D. Hylton held a 
series of meetings at Mt. Jackson, Montgomery 
Co., Va, preaching thirteen sermons. Three 
made application for membership in the church. 



Aboot Nov. 1, 1889, Bro. John Wise preaohed 
nine sermons in the Mogadore church, Ohio. At 
that time, and since, six have been added to the 
church by baptism. So reports our brother, Ja- 
cob Mishler. 

Bro. J. H. Miller, of Goshen, Ind., is at work 
in the Logan church, Ohio. Bro. David Detrick, 
writing about the meeting, says: "We are in the 
midst of a glorious revival. Bro. Miller is preach- 
ing for us day and night." 

Brethren S. H. Baker and E. Bowman held a 
series of meetings last month in the Maple Grove 
church, Chippewa Co., Wis. The attendance was 
good and two came out on the Lord's side. Oth- 
ers are near the kingdom. 

Bro. Isaac H. Arnold, of Lintner, 111., reports 
an interesting series of meeliugs at their place. 
Bio. Peter S. Myers, of Cerro Gordo, 111., preached 
for them. Seven were added to the church by 
baptism and one reclaimed. 

Bro. Enoch Eby spent the latter part of Decem- 
ber in Colorado, in church work. He is to visit 
all the churches in the eastern part of the South- 
ern Distriot of Kansas during this month, in the 
interest of the home mission work. 

Bro. J. C. Murray closed a series of meetings 
Dec. 22, at Gravelton, Ind., with four baptized 
and one applicant. Dec. 28 he expected to begin 
meetings in the Yellow Creek church, Ind. His 
health has improved and we rejoice that he is at 
work again. 

Bbo. I. E. Yoong, of Springfield church, Ohio, 
reports five recent additions to the church at that 
place by baptism, and says, "This gives us new 
courage. Others- who ought to give their hands 
to the church and their hearts to Jesus are count- 
ing the cost." .^__„ ~_ 

Bbethren Henry Erantz, of Ohio, and M. M. 
Eshelman, of Kansas, who are spending the win- 
ter in Southern California, are so well pleased 
with the country that they think of locating some- 
where in the San Bernardino Valley. It is a good- 
ly and a fruitful land. 

Bbo. Jas. E. Gish is again at his post in Ar- 
kansas. He asked to be relieved but the Mission- 
ary Committee failed to find a man to take his 
place, nud Bro. James is not the man to give up 
a good work, so he takes up the burden again him- 
self. God's blessing be upon himl 



Bro. W. E. Deeteb, of Milford, Ind., says, "A 
EorieB of meetings was held at the Pleasant View 
Chapel, three miles east of Milford, by Bro. J. Y. 
Felthouse, beginning Nov. 18. The meetings 
were good." We feel that Bro. Felthouse did Mb 
duty. Six were added as an immediate visible 
result. Praise the Lord! 



Bro. S. A. Honbebgeb, of Cabool, Mo., writes 
encouragingly of the prospects of the newly-or- 
ganized church at that place. Eld. Jacob Troxel, 
of Newton County, Mo., had arrived and was lodg- 
ing temporarily with Eld. J. T. Mason. We trust 
the new plant may grow strong and vigorous. 

Bbo. J. S. Mohler has been laboring for the 
Brethren at Lanark, 111., for several weeks. The 
meetings had been largely attended and the inter- 
est good. Three had been received by baptism 
and several applicants were to have been baptized 
on New Year's day. We hope to give a full re- 
port of the meeting next week. 

The General Missionary Committee met here 
on the last day of the old year. Bro. Vaniman, 
owing to ill health, was not able to meet with the 
Committee. Bio. J. W. Metzger, of Indiana, was 
present and assisted with his counsel. He also 
gave a report of the work in Canada where he 
spent some time in the mission work of the 
church. The business that came before the Com- 
mittee was transacted in the fear of God, and, we 
trnBt, will result in good to the cause. The next 
meeting will occur at this place, the Lord willing, 
on the first Tuesday, in April next. 



Jan. 7, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Bro. Amos Peters, of La Paz, Ind., preached 
from Nov. %) until Dec. 9 for the Brethren in the 
Bremen church near Burlington, Ind. Two were 
baptized and others Baid, "We will come some 
time." So reports our brother, Levi E. Miller, 
who asks the prayers of God's people for the 
, church at Bremen. 

We call special attention to Bro. J. T. Meiers' 
article, entitled, "Here and There," in this issue 

. of the Messenger. How many of our Brethren 
will do as Bro. Myers is doing? It would not 
take many offers of the kind be makes to secure 
the 2000 subscribers. Bead his artiole carefully 

. and act accordingly. 



Bro. Martin Bowers, of Colfax, Ind., reports 
two additions to the fold in the White church, 
Montgomery Co, Ind., and says: "I am again in 
the mission work after a longtime spent in taking 
care of our dear daughter whom the Lord has 
called away. She died in the faith and in the 
hope of eternal life. Blessed be the name of the 
.Lord." 

Bro. G. W. Gibson, of Girard, 111,, has this to 
say about their social meetings in the Pleasant 
Hill church: "So far they have been simply 
grand. The subject lost night was 'Love' and 
the hour was spent to the edification and encour- 
agement of all. Beet of all, two gave their hearts 
to Christ and were baptized at the close o£ the 



The meetings at Franklin Grove, 111,, closed on 
the 30th ult. with eighteen additions by baptism 
and one applicant. Bro. Witmore went from 
Franklin, to Rock Creek, near Sterling, 111., where 
he is now at work. May the Lord continue to 
bless his labors. Later. — The Brethren insisted 
that Bro.W. ehould remain a week longer, and con- 
timiQ-the meeting?. 

Bro. D. E. Cripe, of Akron, Ind., writes as fol- 
lows: "Bro. Daniel Whitmore, of South Bend, 
Ind., came to us Nov. 30, in the Beaver Dam 
congregation, Kosciusko Co., Ind., and labored for 
us a little over a week with zeal, preaching the 
Gospel in its primitive purity, accomplishing 
much good in strengthening the Brethren here. 
May the Lord reward him for it." 

Our dear old brother, John Metzger, and wife, 
in company with his son, Bro. John W. Metzger 
and wife, of Mulberry, Ind., Btart for California 
to-day, where they will spend the winter and re- 
main, perhaps, until our next Annual Meeting. 
We wish them all a pleasant trip across the Con- 
tinent and a safe return again. Their addresses 
will be, until further notice, Los Angeles, Cal. 



Bro. J. M. Snider, of the Briiderbote, asks us 
to announce to our readers that he has enlarged 
the German paper, and, if a sufficient number of 
subscribers can be secured to justify him in doing 
so, he will continue to publish the paper as en- 
larged. He has sent out two numbers of the en- 
larged size and will send out at least one more is- 
sue to give his readers a chance to see what the 
enlarged paper is like, and to secure as many new 
subscribers as possible. In many neighborhoods 
there are Germans living who would gladly read 
the paper if some one would send it to them as a 
missionary and pay for it. We therefore appeal 
to brethren and sisters every-where to do all they 
can to assist him in thiB matter. The German 
field is greatly neglected. The regular price of 
the paper haB been SI. 00 (four pages), and if the 
list can be increased sufficiently, the paper will 
be eight pages and at the old price, $1.00, and all 
Briiderbote$, paid by donors, will be sent for 75 
cfcs. a year. Address J. M. Snyder, McPherson, 
Ease, 



Bro. L. D. Caldwell, writing from the LoBt 
River church, Hardy Co., West Va., informs us 
that since his last report eighteen have been add- 
ed to the church by baptism, and one fallen mem- 
ber returned to the fold, making forty added to 
the church during the year. May they all be 
faithful and at last receive the orown of glory. 



Oor friend, Mr. G. L. MoDonaugh, spent a 
Bhort time with ub last week. His many friendB 
will be glad to hear of his promotion in his chos- 
en line of work. He is uow Freight and Passen- 
ger Agent of the Southern California Railroad, 
with headquarters at Los Angeles. Those desir- 
iug to correspond with him will address him at 
No. 29 Spring Street, Los Angeles, Oal. 



TO OTTR CORRESPONDENTS. 

We believe it is the aim of all who write for the 
Messenger to do the very best they cau, and that 
they have done well in the past is evidenced by 
the success of our church paper. But, notwith- 
standing we have done well in the past, we want, 
if possible, to improve on the past and do better 
in the future. In our efforts to make the Messen- 
ger better we sent out a number of circular let- 
ters to our Brethren, asking for suggestions by 
which the paper might be improved. A great 
many very kindly responded and we have already 
benefited by these suggestions, having introduced 
some improvements contained in the letters re- 
ceived, and others are to follow. 

We want our correspondents to have the benefit 
of these suggestions, so far as they concern their 
work, and, in order that they might get the bene- 
fit we give extracts from several letters. Please 
read these suggestions carefully. They come 
from brethren who are deeply interested in our 
work and whose opinions are worthy of considera- 
tion. 

i. There are about six hundred congregations In the Broth- 
erhood; nearly all of them will hold a series of meetings dur- 
ing the fall and winter, and each one should be heard from 
through the Messenger. Suppasing six hundreJ reports 
come in, each one asking a place in the paper and no one will- 
ing that his report should get old before it appears. The 
time for holding meetings is only about twenty weeks. Here, 
then, are six hundred reports to appear in twenty issues of 
the Messenger. How can It be done ? It is very clear that 
the reports must be brief. No one cares to read a column in 
order to get an item of interest that might be given in a few 
lines. I suggest that correspondents boil down their reports, 
dispensing with prosiness, thus making them fresh and inter- 
esting. The Messenger is the best paper that comes upon 
my table, but I believe it could be improved as above sug- 

This brother gives a problem that our corre- 
spondents will do well to study. The Messenger 
has fourteen pages of reading matter. Three pa- 
ges of this are taken up in editorials and items, 
leaving eleven pages for essays and reports. We 
usually give five pages to correspondence. How 
can we get thirty reports each week on five pageB 
when some of the reports would fill an entire 
page? Here you will find the reason why many 
reports are cut dowD, about which some of our 
correspondents have complained, and one or two 
have said, "If my reports are not put in as I write 
them, I shall not trouble you with them," and 
have quit writing. Don't do that but take our 
brother's suggestion and learn to boil down. Boil 
down! 

Here are suggestions from a number of breth- 
ren that may possibly help us in the boiling-down 
process: 

In reports written for the Messenger and especially re- 
ports of travel, the lime of the starting q£ the train, the (ami- 



nes visited, what and where the correspondent ale, and where 
he lodged, and many other details that are not of special in- 
terest, might be very profitably omitted. In reports of meet- 
ings don't eulogize the preachers. Some say the preaching 
was powerful, etc, etc. Thiscan be left out with profit. Let 
the editors he careful, while they urge brevity on others 
(which is just right) in reports of meeting*, journeys, etc., 
that they do not fall into the same error themselves. 

The suggestion to the editors is timely and will 
not pass by unheeded. We may all profit by 
these suggestions, and those who fail to heed 
them will find their reports cut down. We would 
very much prefer not to do this. It is not a pleasant 
task but it becomes a simple matter of necessity. 
We want a report of all the eerie3 of meetings 
held in the Brotherhood aud when they come, we 
must find a place for them in the paper, but if 
some are too long they must bo cut down so that 
they may appear in good time. If you send in a 
report and it is cut down, look at in this way. 
" The office editor, or his assistant, has had to per- 
form an unpleasant duty. My report or my arti- 
cle was too long and they wore compelled to cut 
it down in order to get it in the paper." If you 
take this view of the ease, aud this is the correct 
one to take, you will not feel hurt that your arti- 
cle has been cut down to some extent. 

The work in whioh we are engaged is the work 
of the Lord, aDd editors and contributors will feel 
the need of divine aid and guidance in their work. 
No one should carelessly or thoughtlessly attempt 
to write for the paper. If there is auy work in 
this world that ehould engage our most serious 
and prayerful consideration, it is writing for our 
church paper. If you do not have time to give 
your best thoughts and to give your undivided at- 
tention to writing for the Messenger, don't write 
until you cau find time. Then write with a due 
sense of the responsibility resting upon you, for 
this we must know that we shall be called upon 
to give an aocouut for our writing in the day of 
judgment. When we write for the Messenger ' 
we are speaking to a larger audience than any 
minister ever addresses. Let these thoughts in- 
cite us to look to God for help and then do our 
best. 

May we all, as editors and contributors, enter 
upon the year's work before us with a hopeful 
truBt in God. Lot our aim be, in all things, to 
honor his name, and more and more to eliminate 
self from our work. In this effort we will succeed 
just in proportion as we take Christ into our 
work. If we have the same mind which was also 
in him, then there will be none of self and all of 
Ohrist in our editorials, our essays, and our re- 
ports for the year 1890. May we not ask one and 
all to labor in this direction? Nay, is it not our 
bounden duty to do so? Then let us start the 
New Year on this line with the full assurance 
that if we follow it all the way through life, God's 
blessing will be ours and we shall be entitled to 
hear Jesus say, "Well done, good and faithful 
servants, you have been faithful in a few things, 
enter ye into the joys of your Lord." 

Our work is before us, shall it be well done? 
If so, then let us give our best endeavors to it. 
Let there be no careless or thoughtless writing 
for the paper. Weigh well every thought and 
ask the question always, " Will this article be for 
the good of the cause of Christ? Am I writing 
for self or am I writing for Christ ? " This may be 
placing our work on a high level, but surely we 
should aim at nothing lower. May the " grace of 
the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and 
the communion of the Holy Ghost be with yon " 
and all of us. Amen, 



io 



THE GOSPEL 



SSENGER. 



Jan. 7, 1890. 



Missionary and Tract Work Department. 



ttrtd him." "Every 
him give." " For if th 
that anion hath. z*Ai\ 



Organization of Missionary Committee, 

Daniel Vaniman, Foreman, - - - Virden, III, 
D. L. Miller, Secretary and Treasurer, - Mt. Morris, 111. 
C. D. Royer, Assistant Secretary, - - Mt. Morris, III. 



Organization of Book and Tract Work. 



S. W. Hoover, Foreman, 
8. Bock, Secretary and Trt 



Dayton, Ohio. 
Dayton, Ohio. 



BSpAll donations intended lor Missionary Work should be 
sent to D. L. Miller, Mt. Morris, 111. 

(gpAlJ money for Tract Work should be sent to S. Bock, 
Dnyton, Ohio. 

([^" Money may be sent by Money Order, Registered Let- 
ter, or Drafts on New York or Chicago. Do not send person- 
al checks, or drafts on interior towns, as it costs 25 cents to 
collect them. 

R3f Solicitors are requested to faithfully carry out the plan 
©f Annunl Meeting, that all our members be solicited to con- 
tribute at least twice a year for the Mission and Tract Work of 
the Church. 

S3P Notes for the Endowment Fund can be had by writing 
to the Secretary of either Work. 



TO THE BRETHREN OF THE SOUTHERN DIS- 
TRICT OF KANSAS. 



Hu 



5., De- 



Resolved, that we empower Bro. W. A. Rose, President of 
the Mission Board, to answer calls for preaching, and write a 
letter to the Gospel Messenger, calling the attention of 
churches lo the fact of sending their calU to the Board, so 
they can act more intelligently in the distribution of work 
done. F. P. Detter, Sec. 

» The foregoing resolution was passed by the 
Ohuroh Erection and Missionary Board of the 
Southern District o£ Kansas, and, as Foreman of 
said Board, I would like, through the Gospel 
Messenger, to address a few lines to the members 
of our District, 

It was thought best by our last District Meet- 
ing that it would be best for the Board to consist 
of members not far apart, bo as to be able to meet 
without incurring much expense, and thus be able 
to meet more frequently. This hag worked well 
in that reBpect. So far the Board has met three 
times since our last District Meetiog, and, the 
Lord willing, expeot to meet again at Hutchinson 
on tbe firht Tuesday in March. 

Since cornoienoing our work, we find ourselves 
to be working under one great disadvantage,— not 
being acquaiuted with the wants of a great part of 
our District iu regard to missionary work. As a 
Board we fefrl ibat the Lord, through Hip obmcb, 
has placed in our hands a gr« at work, and wo feel 
to ask an interest in the prayers of the Brother- 
hood of this District that wo may perform the 
duties involving upon us to the glory of God and 
the best interest of the ohurch. We also wish to 
become better acquainted with the needs and 
wants of tho different churches in our Distriot, 
and solicit correspondence upon all matters relat- 
ing to missionary work. This would include a 
better acquaintance with the ministering brethren 
of tbe District, and we ask all who feel an inter- 
est in the good work to correspond with us. 

To further the good work the Board has thought 
best to send brethren to visit and preach to all the 
different churches in the District. Bro. Lemuel 
Hillery has been doing some work in that way 
among the churches in tbe Western part of the 
District, and Bro. Enoch Eby has been chosen to 



vieit the churches in the Eastern part of the Dis- 
trict. This he will do, if possible, previous to our 
next District Meeting In this way we hope to 
become better acquainted with the dear brethren 
and sisteis of oar District, and also to arouse a 
greatf-r interest in regard to the building up and 
extending of /ton. 

May God bless tho missionary work of the 
church aid give • s grace that our hearts may be 
open to its wan-! Thousands are perishing for 
tbe want of th.' i3read of Life! Oh, how cau we 
refuse to work in the vineyard of the Lord, when 
eo many dear soulo are starving for the want of 
proper spiritual food? W. A. Rose. 

Hutchinson, Kans. - 

WAYSIDE NOTES. 

BY CLARA WOODS. 

We often read in the Messenger of those who 
are isolated from the church, but who take the 
Messenger and find it (o be much comfort and 
consolation to them. It is their preacher and has 
converted many. We rejoice that a reader in 
Kentucky has decided to unite with the people of 
God. Let us, aa readers, send the Messenger to 
some friend. By so doing much good may be ac- 
complished, and we will have our reward. Try it, 

Dear brethren and siBtere, do we have our fam- 
ily worship as we should? Do we devote some 
time each day in reading a portion of God's Word 
and thanking him for tho daily blessings he be- 
stoweiupon us, or are we eo crowded with the 
cares of this life that we neglect this most impor- 
tant^duty? Let us remember that all the bless- 
ings of life come from God, and that we should 
take" time to daily thank him for them. Let me 
say to those who are starting out in life, "Erect 
aj family altar while young, and your influence 
will be for good." I hope parents who have chil- 
dren will think about these things. Are you do- 
ing your duty? 

We are glad that Bro B H. Miller has made 
arrangements to preach a series of sermons at Mt. 
Morris College. We hope all will be interested 
and much good be done. We can well remember, 
while attending Ashland College, the many good 
and instructive sermons by brethren Miller, Sharp 
and others. Good impressions were made, which 
will never be erased. We are glad to hear that £-0 
many who are attending our Brethren's schools 
are being converlei to God, and making them- 
selves useful in the church. Brethren, if you 
have children whom you expeot to send to school 
somewhere, sand them, if possible, to a schcol 
which is conducted by our Brethren. Should you 
receive the good news that your Bon or daughter 
has been converted to God, you would feel it to be 
worth more than all the money you ever spent for 
them. 

My mother (sister Pittenger), who has been 
suffering with rheumatism for nearly three years, 
asks God's people to remember her in their 
prayers, that she may bear her afflictions patient- 
ly, and at last gain a home in heaven where there 
hs no more pain, but all is joy and happiness. 

Spencer, Ohio. 



BETTER, BETTER, BETTER ! 
BY J. E. YOUNG. 

What is better? Many of the subscribers Bay 
our church paper is getting better every year 
This is a pleasing thought to 6very devoted Chris- 
tian, But what (Joes it teach us? Is it only the 



editors and managers of the paper that are grow- 
ing more literary? Nol The contributors also! 
And since they are distributed throughout the 
Brotherhood, we conclude the church is growing 
belter as a whole. 

Thia is what many have labored for, prayed for 
and waited for. We cau see a development from 
another source: — The general assembly of the 
church is beginning to attend to general business 
more energetically than in former days. Districts 
are sending less local matter to Annual Meeting. 
We think, however, that too much local business 
reaches there yet. 

Another evidence of growth ia shown in the fact 
that many of our deBr old fathers in Israel are be- 
ginning to see what younger eoldiers saw ten, fif- 
teen and twenty years ago, but did not dare to 
present to tbe church for fear of being stigmatized 
as beiDg " too fast." " All things come in time to 
him who can wait." Lst us go on to perfection, 
for it is far ahead of us yet! 

Beatrice, JVe&r. 

TO THE CHURCHES OF THE SOUTHERN 
DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS. 

It is much desired by the Missionary Commit- 
tee of this District that only the interest on the 
money received from the Orphans' Home Fund be 
used. 

In order to do this the churches Ghould not re- 
duce their contributions. There has been a grad- 
ual increase in the amount of work done, and yet 
we feel that much more should ba done. Shall 
we use the Orphans' Home Fund, or will you con- 
tribute more, that we may use only the interest to 
help in the work? We hope you will do the lat- 
ter. By order of tho Committee. 

G. W. Gibson. Sec 



Notes from our Correspondents. 



— " The Centre View church, Mo.," writes sis- 
ter Amanda Witmore, "felt in need of a revival, 
and hence decided to hold a series of meetings. 
Bro. A. Hutchison isdoiog the preaching, which, 
we hope, will be productive of muoh good." 

— Our aged brother, John Melzger, informs us, 
under date of Dec. 0, that he has returned again 
from bis western trip. During hiB entire trip, of 
really two months, he enjoyed good health and 
pleasant associations with the children of God. 

—Bro. Jacob Etter, of South English, Iowa, 
writes: "Our quarterly council, Nov. 23, passed 
oil quietly. There wnB not muoh business before 
the meeting, but all, we trust, was disposed of in 
the fear of the Lord We are now in the midst 
of a series of meetingo, conduoted by Bro, Moses 
Deardorff, May success crown his efforts!" 

— Under date of Dec. 16, Bro. Abraham Steele, 
of the Hopewell church, Bedford Co., Pa., writes: 
" Bro. Hochstetler, from Somerset County, la- 
bored with us for two weeks at two different 
pointe. Tbcugh there wss no increase in num- 
ber, we fondly hope that the seed sown may be as 
bread cast upon the water, and have its desired 
effect in due time." 

—Sister Florida Etter, of Cartereville, Va., 
writes: "Bro. S. S. Gray and wife, of Warrior's 
Mark, Pa , arrived here Dec. 5, aud will remain 
with us during tho winter, no preventing provi- 
dence. We are happy to have them with ue, to 
help us to labor for the Master. Bro. Gray 
preached his first sermon for us Dec. 8. We had 
prayer-meetiog on the night of the 7tb, and ex- 
peot to continue these meetings every week. May 
we be built up in our most holy faithj " 



Jan. 7, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



11 



—Under date of Dec. 20, Bro. Isaac Brown, of 
OUie, Iowa, writes: " The Brethren of the Keokuk 
church, Iowa, are enjoying a refreshing series of 
meetings, conducted by Eld John Gable, who im- 
presses the "Word of God in a forcible manner. 
May God add hia blessing!" 

— From Canada, Bro. J. W. Metzger reports the 
following: "Dec. 9 one more was added to the 
church by baptism. Ho formerly belonged to the 
Salvation Army, but as soon as he learned the 
doctrine of the Brethren, he said there was noth- 
ing for him any more in the Salvation Army. 
May he be a good Eoldier to fight the battles of 
the Lord, and prove faithful to the Master!" 

— From the Hancock County, Iowa, mission 
field, Bro. Wm. C. Hipss writes: " There is a large 
field open here. I am the first and only one of 
our ministers that ever preached in this locality. 
There is Dot a single brother here to cheer me in 
my arduous work, but as the Master says, ' Go in- 
to all the world,' we must not pass by any place 
where something may bs done for the Master." 

— From the Panther Creek church, Woodford 
Co., 111., Bro. Lee Barnbart writes: "Our love- 
feast was held Nov. 29, and passed off with the 
best of order. Bro. C. S. Holsinger officiated. It 
was certainly a feast long to be remembered. 
One was added to the church. May God's choic- 
est blessings rest on our beloved brother that he 
may be a zealous worker in the cause of Christ!" 

—Bro. H. 0. Butterbangh, of Dayton, Ohio, 
writes: " The members of the West Dayton dis- 
trict enjoyed a pleasant Thanksgiving meeting. 
A goodly number was in attendance, and $6.32 
was presented aB an offering to the Missionary 
and Book and Tract Work of the church. Dec. 5 
we commenced a series of meetings, Bro. I. J. 
Rnsenberger is assisting us. May God help us 
in the work!" 

— From the Beaver Creek church, Ohio, Bro. 
Aaron Coy writes: "Eld. Jesse Stutsman has been 
holding a series of meetings in our congregation, 
commencing Deo. 1, and continuing until the 15fch. 
He labored earnestly and, we believe, effectually. 
As an immediate result, thirteen souls made the 
good confession. Amid all the hindering cauees, 
this church, by the blessing of God, has pros- 
pered. May the Lord continue to be our helper!" 

— Under date of Dec. 10, sister Phebe A. Ham- 
mer, of Euddle, Pendleton Co., W. Va,, writes: 
" Bro. John W. Click, of Rockingham, Va., held a 
series of meetings for us recently. We feel that 
the Lord was with us. Two young sisters were 
buried in the baptismal waters, and others are 
counting the co3t. The members were much re- 
vived, and feel, more than ever before, like press- 
ing onward with zeal for the mark set before us." 

— Bro. J. H. Miller has been at work for the 
Master. He writes: " I commenced a two weeks' 
meeting in the Union City church on the evening 
of Nov. 30. The rain and muddy roads militated 
somewhat against the meeting, but the attendance 
and interest were good. Two were baptized and 
one reclaimed. Bro. Wm. K, Simmons is the 
elder of this church, and has a number of worthy 
co-laborers. They have four houses of worship 
and a large field to work in. Often they have 
meetings at two houses at the same hour. Bro. 
Silas Gilbert has lately moved here from the Lud- 
low church, and Bro. D. R. FreemaD, from Pulas- 
ki County, Indiana. They now have a force of 
seven ministers. The membership is actively en- 
gaged in helping to forward the Master's work, 
and, with a lively Sunday-school, all find some- 
thing to keep them busy. I held a children's 
meeting while here, which all seemed to enjoy. I 
think that greater efforts Bhould be made to in- 
struct the rising generation." 



— " The Pipe Creek church, Ind.," writes Bro. 
Daniel P. Shively, " has had another Eeason of re- 
joicing. Eld. Daniel Wysoug, of Nappanec, Ind., 
came to us Nov. 30, and commenced a series of 
meetings on the following evening. After deliv- 
ering nineteen able discourses, ho closed his meet- 
ings Dec 15. We fee! that Bro. Wysong's labors 
will leave lasting impressions. As an immediate 
result of the meetings, four made the good choice, 
and many others are thinking seriously of their 
duty to themselves and their God." 

— Bro. R. Jones, oE Maple Top, Ohio, writes: 
" Bro. Jonathan Whitmore came to us Nov. 17, 
and preached for ub till the 28th. Though the 
weather was very bad most of the time, we had 
good congregations. No doubt Bomo seed fell by 
the way-side, and some among thorns, but some, no 
doubt, fell in good, honest hearts, and will bring 
forth fruit in due eenson. By Bro. Whitmore's 
preaching, sinners were made to weep and the 
Christians to rejoice. On Friday morning Bro. 
Whitmore left us for home. May the blessinge of 
the Moat High go with himl " 

— " The Back Creek church, Pa ," writes Bro. 
John Lehner, "is still makiug some little effort 
to advance the cause of the Master. We are hav- 
ing our meetings regularly, with fair congrega- 
tions and good interest. Last Sunday, Dec. 1, 
seven precious souls followed Josub in baptism. 
Nearly all were young in years. The Lord will- 
ing, we intend to commence a series of meetings 
on the evening of Jan. 4, 1890, at the Upton meet- 
iDg-house. Eld. Zachariak Annon, from Thorn- 
ton, W. Va, will do the preaohing. May the 
blessing of God crown out labors!" 

—Bro. Jacob H. Fike, of the South Waterloo 
church, Iowa, writes: "Our Sunday-school closed 
last Sunday. Bro. Herechel MauBt was our Su- 
perintendent, assisted by Bro. Elmer Licbty. 
Our school, we think, has been a success. The 
children took a great interest in the work. Bio. 
Daniel Fike, of Cerleton, Nebr., preached for us 
last Sunday evening. The home ministers are 
holding a series of meetings in theStrayer school- 
house, and the interest appeared to be good. Bro. 
George Cripe, of Cerro Gordo, 111., is expected to 
continue these meetings." 

— Under date of Deo. 10, Bro. Isaiah Rairigh, 
of the Woodland church, Mich., writes: "I am 
now in the Portage church, Ind., preaohing Christ 
and him crucified. In a few days I expect to 
start to Pennsylvania, to visit relatives and eleo 
to labor for the Master. I expect to visit the fol- 
lowing congregations in that State: Montgomery, 
Kockton, Manor and Cowenshannoc. Returning, 
I expect to visit the following congregations in 
Ohio: Loramie, Swamp Creek, North Star, Celina, 
Ashland, Upper Stillwater, Union City, Palestine, 
and others." 

—Sister Mary E. Hall, of Latty, Paulding Co., 
Ohio, writes: "Nov. 30 brethren Tobias Kreider 
and A. C. Young, of Darke Co., Ohio, came to this 
village and held a short series of meetings. This 
is the first time any of our Brethren ever held 
services here. The United Brethren kindly gave 
us permission to use their house of worship. 
Deep interest was manifested in the meetings, 
and we prayerfully hope that the good seed, bo 
earnestly sown, will continue to yield an abundant 
harvest. As an immediate result five precious 
souls were buried with Christ in baptism. May 
they be faithful, efficient workers for the Master! 
Oar brethren preached thirteen sermons while 
with us. How much these seasons of refreshing 
were appreciated by us, only those who are iso- 
lated from the church can tell. Dec. 9 the breth- 
ren returned to their homes. We hope they will 
come again and persuade more to come out on the 
Lord's side. ' The harvest is great' " 



— Under date of Dec, 17, Bro. Daniel Holsopple 
writes: " The members of the Shade Creek church, 
Somerset Co., Pa., commenced a series of meet- 
ings Nov. 23, in the Highland meeting-house, on 
the Alleghany Mountains. At this point only 
few members aro living, but we had a good at- 
tendance at our meetingB, considering the inclem- 
ent weather. Bro. Michael Claar, of Ciaysburg, 
Pa., did the preaching, and discharged his duties 
faithfully. Four eouls came out on the Lord's 
side, one was restored to membership, and one re- 
ceived by letter. Our meetings cloaed Dec. 15 
with the beat of interest." 

—Bro. J. P. Studebaker, of Litchfield, 111., 

writes: " We have jaBt enjoyed a two weeks' meet- 
ing, held by Eld. D. B. Gibson. Two dear ones 
oameoutonthe Lord's sido. From the interest 
manifested by the many who attended the meet- 
ings, we were made to feel that we are gain- 
ing ground, but wo find it will take a great amount 
of hard work to fully establish our doctrine in 
cities, whore so many different churches have 
been so long maintained. Wp feel assured, how- 
ever, that, by continued efforts, we can accom- 
plish something. We ask an interest in the 
prayers of all the faithful, that we may be a shin- 
ing light in the city of Litchfield." 

— Bro. A. M. Musselmau writes: "Nov. 30 the 
members of the Rush Valley church, Sheridan 
Co., Nebr., eujoyed a pleasant love-feast at the 
house of Bro. Fred. Weber, three mileB south of 
the Niabrara River. It was truly refreshing to 
ub all. On the day, following the feast, we had 
an excellent sermon by Bro. David Bare. Oar 
little band here is batlling earnestly for the suc- 
cess of the cause, but we have many disadvantages 
to contend with in this new country. We have 
no meeting-houeep, and some of the 6chool-houses 
are put up only for summer schools. Then, too, 
our ministers have too much territory under their 
care, and can not do jostioe to the work. About 
three years ago, there were but four members 
here. Now we number fifty members, including 
five speakers and three deacons," 

— Friend John P. Roth, of Cornelia, Ala., who 
was brought to a knowledge of the Truth by read- 
ing the Messenger and diligently comparing th« 
same with the Sacred Word, has not yet succeed- 
ed in finding a place among the Brethren, where 
he might work at his trade, — that of shoemaker. 
He now requests ub to state that he is quite anx- 
ious to learn of a place, close to, or within the 
limits of, a Brethren's settlement, where he might 
identify himself with the church, and also enjoy 
good meeting privileges. He is willing to leave 
his little home at Cornelia (not being ablo to sell 
it) and locate at any place where he can be among 
the people of God. All he wantB is a place, af- 
fording the church facilities above referred to, 
and also yielding him a livelihood by working at 
his trade. 

— The first Communion meeting at Cold Knob, 
W. Va , is described by Bro. A. M. Frantz as fol- 
lows: "Nov. 15, in company with brethren Martin 
Sanger and Arthur Duncan, of Fayette County, 
W. Va., I started to the Cold Knob Mountain, 
which lies about twenty-two miles north-east of 
Lewisburg, the County-seat of Greenbrier County. 
Here we attended the first Communion meeting 
ever held in that part of the County by the Breth- 
ren. Many expressed themselves as being well 
pleased with the Brethren's practioe and dootrine. 
Any of the ministering brethren, traveling on the 
C. & O. Railway, wishing to pay them a visit, can 
stop off at Roncevert,— the nearest station,— about 
twenty-six miles from Bro. John A. McClung's 
residence. His post-oflioe address is Trout Val- 
ley, Greenbrier Co,, W./Va," 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 7, 1890. 



—Under date of Dec. 23, sister E. Brumbaugh 
writes: " Seven were baptized in ten Springfield 
church, Ohio, since oar love-feant, Oct. 5. Thus 
we aee that the good Lord is gracious, if we faith- 
fully discharge our duty." 

—Under date of Dee. 20, Bra Harrison H. Mil- 
ler, of the New Dale choreb, Hardy Co., W. Va, 
writes: " Bro. B. W. Neff, of Virginia, came to us 
Nov. 15, and remained until Ibe 24tb. Wo had 
enjoyable meetings, resulting in nine additions by 
baptism and a general refreshing to the members 
of the body of Christ." 

—Bro. Silas Hoover, of Boynton, Pa., writes: 
" Our dear brother, John W. Beachey, who has 
been under the hand of affliction for come years, 
was anointed on the evening of Dec. 20. Bro. 
Beaohey has been a faithful pillar of the church, 
and we pray that the Lord may graciously restore 
him again to health, and usefulness in the 
church." 

—Under date of Dec. 23, sister Eliza Oakerice, 
of Beaman, Iowa, writes: "One more soul has 
been baptized in the Iowa River church. May he 
holdout faithful to the end! We aie having an 
evergreen Sunday-school in this church. Bro. 
John Cakerice is our Superintendent. He is as- 
sisted by an able corps of officers May the Lord 
bleBs us in our work!" 

— Bro. James Harp, of Hedges, Ohio, writes: 
<( Brethren Tobias Krider and Abraham Young 
came to us Nov. 30, and held foith the Word in 
its purity, delivering fifteen sermons in all. Our 
doctrine is new here, but nevertheless five were 
added to the church by baptism, and others are 
near the kingdom. May the Lord bless the ten- 
der Jambs of the fiockl " 

— Under date of Dec. 15, Bro. B. Baker writes: 
"The members of the Alleghany congregation, 
Grant Co., W. Va., commenced a series of meet- 
ings Dec. 4. Bro. Aaron Fike, of Eglon, W. Va., 
ably defended the cause of Christ, preaching in 
all nine sermons. The members were strength- 
ened, three made the good confession, and were 
baptized. Others expect to come soon. May 
they not delay!" 

— Under date of Dec. 23, Bro. S. M. Goughnour, 
of Elkhart, Iowa, writes: "Dec. 8 we commenced 
a series of meetings, with Bro. John Lunk'e as- 
sistance. He labored faithfully until the 17th, 
when Bro. G. W. Hopwood came and assisted him 
until the 22nd, the close of our meetings. We 
had a good interest and the members were re- 
vived. One precious bouI came out on the Lord's 
side and was baptized." 

—Under date of Dec. 19, Bro. John E. Metzger 
writes: ''Br\ Le*i T. Holeinger commenced 
preaching in the Pleasant View meeting-house 
Dec. 1. h. -! dosed on the 17tb. He preached 
each ev-niuG and held several day meetingp. The 
attendance and order were good. As an immedi- 
ate n-salt of the meeiiog thirteen were baptized, 
and others were almott persuaded. Oar members 
were much encouraged." 



— Bro. Samuel Weimer, of Carlisle, Arkansas, 
rites: " We arrived here safely under the pro- 
tection of our Heavenly Father. Nov. 30 I went 
to St. Francis County to a Communion, where I 
et brethren Gish and DorEey Hodgden. We 
had a good meeting. So far I have preached 
twice, in the Baptist church, at this place, to 
e congregations. I think that some good 
might be accomplished if we had a place to hold 



—Sister Lovinia E. Reed, of Aker, Floyd Co., 
Vs., writes: "Bro. C. D. Hylton held some meet- 
ings for us at our new church house, Mount Jack- 
eon, Montgomery Co., Va. He delivered thirteen 
sermons in all, and the reBult was that three souls 
came out on the Lord's side. On Sunday, Dec. 8, 
Bro. Hylton conducted the funeral services of 
Bro. Preston Duncan's children, and, after serv- 
ices, we retired to the water-Bide where one was 
buried with Christ in baptism. Dec. 9 Bro. Hyl- 
ton preached at the Mitchell school-house to a 
large congregation, with good attention, and 
promised to hold a series of meetings in the near 
future, at the last-named place." 



Under date of Dec. 24, Bro. D. W. Wolf, of 
the Yellow River church, Marshall Co, Ind,, 
WTites: "Bro. Daniel Snell, of Sidney, Ind., is in 
our midst, holding forth the Word of God with 
earnestness. Although the roads have been very 
muddy, we are having good attendance, and a good 
interest is being worked up. So far we have had 
no accessions, but by the interest that is being 
manifested we think that many are counting the 
cost, and ere long may come into the fold of 
Christ. We pray that there may be an ingather- 
ing of souls!" 

— Sister Mamie Hal], of Lingleville, Erath Co., 
Texas, writes: " Nov. 30 we were made glad by the 
arrival of brethren Henry Brubaker and Philip 
Eby, who, on the following Sunday night, com- 
menced a series of meetings at the Antioch school- 
house. Bro. Brubaker dealt out the Word of Life 
in all its purity. On Wednesday night we had our 
feaBt. We realized that it was a blessed meeting. 
Bro. Brubaker preached bis last sermon for us on 
Thursday night. We regretted that the stay of 
these brethren was so brief. It left the people all 
anxious to hear more. They seem to be reading 
their Bibles more diligently." 

— From the Lunenburgh church, Vs., Bro. J. T. 
Oliver writes: "I wish to acknowledge through 
the Messenger, the receipt of two dollars from 
'The Hatfield Poor Fund, Pa.' We, as a congre- 
gation, are yet in our infancy, striving, under ad- 
verse circumstances, to build up the Master's 
cause. May He who loves the cheerful giver, 
abundantly bless these donors, who are the firBt to 
extend material aid! Many prayers from earnest- 
hearted Christians will ascend in their behalf, and 
when our church is finished our grateful hearts 
will ever remember those who extended a helping 
hand." 

— Under date of Dec. 27, sister Alice Garber, of 
South English, Iowa, writes: "Bro. Moses Dear- 
dorff and wife came to us Dec. 3. The former 
commenced a series of meetings, which he contin- 
ued until Dec. 18. He then went over to North 
English, where he remained until Sunday, when 
he came back to this church, and preached one 
more sermon. Returning again to North EDglisb, 
he continued until the 26tfa, preac-hing, in all, twen- 
ty-seven sermons SeiDts were much built up, and 
sinners warned to flee the wjath to come. As an 
immediate result, one dear sonl wa3 made willing 
to forsake sin, and follow the meek and lowly Naz- 
arene " 

— Bro. Wm. C. Koontz, of the Falling Spring 
church, Franklin Co., Pa., writes: "Bro. I). F. 
Stouffer, of Benevola, Md., came to us Nov. 10 
and remained until Sunday, Nov. 24. As an im- 
mediate result nine precious souls were added to 
the church by baptism, and two, — a man and 
wife, — restored to the fold. Since that time three 
more have been added by baptism, which makes 
an addition of fourteen during the last month. 
The church appears to be in good working order 
at this time, and the prospect for the future looks 
favorable. We expect to hold another meeting 
some time during the winter. We, with some of 
our neighboring churches, have passed through 
some severe trials, bat out of all the Lord has de- 
livered us, and the, church is now moving on 
peacefully," 



From the North Morrill church, Kaus., Bro. 
T. A. Eisenbise writes: "The Brethren of this 
church commenced a Boriea of meetings Nov. 23,. 
and continued for two weeks. Oar elder, Bro. J. 
S. Mohler, did the preaching during the first week, 
and Bro. Archy VanDykr, of the North Beatrice 
church during the second. A few interesting dis- 
courses were also delivered by Bro. H. H. Sawyer,, 
of the Wolfe River church, Kane. There were no 
accessions as an immediate result, but we feel that 
much good was done in building up and encour- 
aging those who have already become members of 
the household of faith. The church met in coun- 
cil Dec. 10. Everything passed off pleasantly." 

— An interesting series of meetings is reported 
by Bro. Levi E. Weaver, as follows: "Bro. Will- 
iam B. Deeter commenced a cedes of meetings 
for the Brethren of the Pleasant Valley church, 
Ind., Nov. 30. The meeting* were held at Mid- 
dleburg, — a little town, about two miles south of 
our meeting-house. The meetings were interest- 
ing and will, no doubt, be productive of good re- 
sults. While none made the good resolve, we be- 
lieve that the future will show that the labors of 
our brother have not been in vain. After closing 
the meetings atMiddleburg, Bro. Deeter preached 
three sermons at our meeting-house, and, a3 a re- 
sult of his efforts, nine precious souls were in- 
duced to take op the cross, and follow the Savior 
in baptism. All are young in years, and our 
prayer is that they may be tenderly cared for as 
lambs of the fold. It is a blesEed thing when we 
can give the Lord oar best days,— the days of our 
youth and strength." 

—Under date of Dec. 22, Bro. John A. Stude- 
baker, of Moline, Elk Co., Kans., writes: "The 
saints at this place (though few in number) are 
still striving to work for the Master. Our worthy 
elder, G. W. Studebaker, who lives forty mues dis- 
tant, came and preached the Word for us in dem- 
onstration of the Spirit. One aged man, who had 
not attended meeting for twenty-five years, drove 
five miles to hear our brother. A.t the close of 
the services on the last evening, a boy,— one of 
our Snnday-school scholerd, — came forward and 
requested baptism, which was attended to last 
Sunday. The interest was such that Bro. Stude- 
baker will be here again this week to continue 
the meetings. Wo would like to have a minister 
locate here with us, as our only resident minister, 
— Bro. J. C. Ulery, — will move to McPherson in 
the spring. We much regret to have him have 
us, but hope that some brother will feel like lo- 
cating here. Any information regarding the mat- 
ter will be cheerfully furnished by the writer." 

— From the Washington church, Kans , Bro. Eli 
Role writes: "I left home Nov. 18, for the Saline 
Valley church, in Ottawa County. Here I had in- 
tended to hold some meetings, but no arrange- 
ments having been made, Bro. Talhelm took me 
eighteen miles west to Lincoln County, where 
Bro. Fit z water lives. This dear family has passed 
through severe uiliiction. All were glad to see me. 
The brethren and sisters here are somewhat dis- 
couraged. Many have moved away, and those 
still here are living too far apart to make meetings 
practicable. Bro. Talhelm expects to move away, 
and that will leave only one minister — Bro. Fitz- 
water, who lives eighteen mites away. I hope the 
ministering brethren will not forget Bro. Fitzwa- 
ter and the few lambs of the fold. As a result of 
our labors in Lincoln County, two dear souls de- 
sired to unite with the body of Christ, but wished 
to wait for their companions. May the blessings 
of Heaven rest on the brethren and sisters of the 
Saline Valley church! At thiB writing I am at 
Bro. W. Lugenbeel's where I am assisting in hold- 
ing a series of meetings. I commenced last night, 
Remember me, in your prayers! " 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



13 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



Here and There. 

By the time this item is read by the many 
readers of the Messenger, 1889 will have been 
buried in th^ grave of the immeasurable past. 
Many and sad are the reflections that flit through 
the mind at the transition point of the Old Year 
into the New, — many, because life presents itself 
in an aspect altogether different from the general 
routine of days or weeks which constitute the 
make-up of the year, and sad, moreover, because 
the three hundred and sixty-five pages, so to apeak, 
of the year 1889, — and they were short pages to 
many of us, — have all been filled out, blurred 
many of them have been Will the year 1890 
make a better showing for u?, if permitted to live 
it out, than the one just now gone by? Will we 
live nearer to God, and discharge our obligation! 
and responsibilities better thau we did last year 
"Will we be batter preachers, better deacons, bet- 
ter church membsrs, batter parentSj better hus- 
bands, better wives, all better in every way than 
we were last year? These are momentous ques- 
tions. What shall the answer be? We will an- 
swer them in some way. Every day of our lives 
goes towards the answering of these questions, 
and one day the eolation will be complete. We 
again ask, What shall the answer be? 

IT CAN EASILY BE DONE. 

What can be done? Why, several thousand 
more subscribers caneasily be secured for the Mes 
senger. Every church member ought to have it. 
But will it be so? It ought to be so. Well, how 
can we have it so? By going to work, each and 
all of us, and securing a few more new subscribers. 
This can easily be done if we are only so minded, 
Now, the writer for one, though not an agent,— for 
he has another party to Bee to that part of the 
work in the church, — proposes to raise at least one 
dozen new subscribers to the Messenger by the 
first of March, 1890. Now this is a certainty if 
the good Lord spares my life. I want to see the 
paper made still better and do more good, and the 
way to accomplish these ends is to enlarge the 
circulation, which can easily be done if only all 
the workers set themselves to work and gather 
some more subscribers. The Messenger deserves 
a far better patronage than it has, and the mem- 
bers of the church will be made better by read- 
ing it. The missionary cause, the tract society, 
the school work, the move and progress of the 
church in other respects, make it important that 
all the members of the church should read the 
paper. Then, too, in order to unify the churches 
more, to inspire more zeal, to create a greater in- 
terest in the work and doings of the church, each 
and all the members of the church ought to take 
the paper. And preachers and overseers, by the 
way, will not be doing their duty if they do not 
urge the members of their respective churches to 
take the paper. It is, indeed, astonishing how 
poorly some of our members are posted on the 
doings and work of the church. Can we blame 
them for- it when they are not getting our church 
paper? And then, too, can we blame them for not 
taking the paper, — many of them I mean, — when 
we do not urge them to take it? Surely not! 
Now all this means something. It means that we 
all ought to interest ourselves in this matter, and 
see to it that all oar members, whether rich or 
poor, are provided with our churoh paper. And 



LET ME VENTURE AN ASSERTION. 

In my going about I invariably notice this, that, 
where the members of a churoh are taking our 
church paper pretty generally, th>re is life and an 
interest manifested in the welfare and work of the 
church, and when the churches don't patronize 
the paper pretty generally, I find it just the re- 
verse. I venture this statement will hold good in 
almost every ease, if not in every case. Our duty 
as preachers aud workers in the church, therefore, 
is plainly evident. Let us not, then, brethren and 
sisters, abate our energies until all, rich aud poor, 
are provided with oar church pap3r. In case auy 
one is too poor to pay for the paper, the church in 
which such members live ought to be enough in- 
terested in their welfare and enjoyment to pay 
for the same If a church can not do that much 
for her really poor, — and one would have to be 
very poor not to be able to pay for a church pa- 
per,— that church ought to lay no claim to being a 
Christian church. 

Brethren, the more I consider the needs of the 
church, the more couvinced am [ that the true 
method of unifying and inspiring the churches to 
a greater activity and intsrest in the work of sav- 
ing souls, educating the uneducated, raising the 
fallen, comforting the needy, aud a host of other 
things for which the church ought to be noted, is 
to publish a good, sound, spiritual and elevating 
paper, and then have all the members take it. All 
political parties recognize the utility and necessi- 
ty of a well-conducted paper as an educating, uni- 
fying and strengthening means in all important 
politioal undertakings, and, politically speaking, 
any man would be considered a poor party man 
who would not patronize the paper of his party. 
Now I am sure the publishers of the Messenger 
are trying to give us a good paper, and if, in the 
political world, one would be considered a poor 
party man not to take the paper of his party, 
why, — on the other hand, — would not a church 
member be a poor church member, all things 
being equal, did he not take the paper of his 
church? This is hard logic, I know, but if it is 
logic in the one case, it must ba logic in the 
other case. The only way to avoid the sad 
predicament of being a poor church member, 
except in cases of blindness or extreme pov- 
erty, is to take the church paper, and keep 
posted on the affairs and work of the church. 
How can we work together and push forward the 
good work of saving souls and doing good in a 
general way, when we are not brought together by 
au agency of soaie kind or the other? The 
Messenger affords us just what we want and need 
in this respect, and what we all want to do now, 
as good churoh members, aud to make the paper 
still better aud more useful in a general way, is to 
all patronize it and get all the subscribers for it 
we cau. Not until we do this, will we be the 
church we ought to be. May God give us all 
more grace for the year before u?, and also give 
us increased facilities for doing good! 

J. T. Myers. 

Oaks, Pa. 

Notes of Travel. 

In response to repeated invitations Bro. J. T. 
Oliver and the writer went to Pittsylvania County, 
about eighty miles from here, and held a meeting 
on Sunday, Dae. 22. We spoke morning and 
evening to attentive congregations. A great many 
expressed themselves as being highly pleased with 
our defense of the Gospel, and many pressing in- 
vitations were extended us to return. I think 
this a fine field for work. These cultured, refined 
and hospitable people would receive the Word 
with gladness if presented to them properly. Bro. 
B. W. Walton lives there and ie isolated. He-ob- 



tained a large and commodious house for us, and 
expressed himself as being greatly refreshed and 
very desirous that brethren would arrange to 
preach there regularly. 

Since Bro. Moomaw's report from Lunenburgh, 
two more have been received by baptism. Our 
congregation now numbers fifty-four members. 
We have preaching every first Sunday, and pray- 
er-meeting every Saturday night, and we have a 
great many pressing calls outside of our neighbor- 
hood,— more than we are able to fill. We feel 
hopeful of the labor bestowed in Pittsylvania, and 
look for a return of the bread many days hence. 
S. H. Love, 

From the Mission Field of the Southern 
District of Indiana. 

Nov 22 Bro. Martin Bowers and I met in the 
City of Indianapolis, to go south to Jackson 
County, to look after the interest of God's chil- 
dren, and hold some meetings. We commenced 
meetings on Saturday evening with a fair attend- 
ance, and had meeting also on Sunday. We had 
intended to put forth a strong effort for about ten 
days, but owing to the rain, and the bad condition 
of the roads, we could not have meetings again 
until Friday evening Nov. 29. We continued our 
meetings over Sunday with increasing interest. 
One came out on the Lord's side and was bap- 
tized. 

While our hearts were filled with joy because 
another dear soul had come home, in a few hours 
our hearts were made sad, by hearing of the death 
of Bro. Spencer Banister. He left our meeting in 
good health, and started for home, but, when about 
two miles on the way, fell down and died instant- 
ly. We were forcibly reminded of the Savior's 
laoguage, "Be ye also ready, for in such an hour 
as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh." Bro. 
Banister was buried on Monday afternoon. It 
was our sad privilege to officiate at the services. 

Tuesday, Dec. 3, we again took the train, — Bro. 
Bowers to go home and I to go to Hancock Coun- 
ty, where there are about twenty members, with a 
good meeting-house, but no resident minister. 
Here we had five meetings with good interest. 
Some were near the kingdom. May the Lord 
spare them awhile longer, until many more are 
fully persuaded to become Christians and lay hold 
on the promises set before them! 

Daniel Book 

From Waterloo, Iowa, 

Our esteemed brother, S H Miller, commenced 
a series oE meetings on Friday evening, Nov. 29, 
at the Strayer school-house, on tin western border 
of the Soath Waterloo church. Here there are 
about twelve members liviDg, though much scat- 
tered. It has been many years since our faith and 
practice has been fully explained to the people of 
this vicinity. Bro, Miller explained it thoroughly 
to a full house of anxious listeners. 

His first text was Isaiah 28: 16, " Therefore thus 
saith the Lord God, Behold I lay in Zion for a 
foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner- 
stone, a sure foundation. He that believeth shall 
not make haste." Bro. Miller proved to us that 
Jesus Christ was this stone, that a superstructure 
must be built on this foundation, that the apostol- 
ic church, established by Christ, was the building 
to be built thereon, and that our faith and prac- 
tice is in harmony and union with the teachings 
of the primitive churoh. 

We believe some were deeply impressed by the 
word spoken, and will, we hope, yield to the in- 
fluence of the Good Spirit, and accept the plead- 
ings of our Blessed Lord and Master before it is 
too late. M. D. Metz. 

Hudson, Iowa. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 7, 1890. 



McPhorion Hotel. 

Thi unusual amount of labor, inoident to the 
closing of one term of school and the beginning 
of auother, has prevented onr writing as frequent- 
ly as usual. Besides, the Trustees of MoPherson 
College recently placed the "Educational De- 
partment" of the Educator and Companion into 
the hands of the Faculty, who elected the writer 
to be editor of said department, thus placing ad- 
ditional labor on ns. Eld. Daniel Vaniman is al- 
so associated in this work. Those who would like 
to examine the paper now, will receive a copy 
free on application. 

To the many inquiries concerning the progress 
and condition of McPherson College, we can say 
that all new enterprises affeoted by varied inter- 
ests, are beset by many perplexities. Colleges 
are no exception to this rnle. It is difficult to ob- 
tain a sufficient number of experienced men, at 
once, to till all the positions. Every new ma- 
chine needs adjusting before it runs smoothly. 
At the outBtart of our College enterprise, it was 
impossible lo fill all the positions with men who 
had previous experience in the work, and just 
suoh mistakes were made as might have been an- 
ticipated. With time, labor, end patience obsta- 
cles were removed one by one, as the Lord raised 
np men for the positions to be filled, and now we 
have a oorps of most earnest workers, fully in 
sympathy with the work of the Lord, and working 
together in a manner to make even hard work a 
pleasure. We can not remember that, in all onr 
experience of thirty, six years' teaching, we closed 
alerm of school more satisfactory than the Inst. 
Over one hundred students were enrolled during 
the first term of the second, year. Some left to 
take up their winter schools before the olose of 
the term, which reduced the number, but the win- 
ter term began with forty new students and when 
at morning worship all are gathered into the 
ohapel, it Beews quite full. The prospeots of the 
school far exceed our fondest hopes six months 



The workmen on the main building are finish, 
ing room after room just as the money comes in 
to pay for the work, and we are safe in saying 
that the entire Brotherhood approves the plan 
adopted by the College Building Association, of 
wh.ch Eld. Daniel Van man is President, to go 
on no faster with the work than can be paid for 
when that work is done, although, in this way, it 
may take several years to finish the building 
The policy of our Business Managers, of "paying 
as jou go " is every- where endorsed by our Breth- 
ren, and inspires confidence. 

Our work iu the school is quite satisfactory 

thus far, especially the Bible work. We have 

two classes studying the Bible in regular order 

numbering over fifty members in the two classes. ' 

S. Z. Sharp. 



ported as being sick and needing some assistance. 
Arrangements were made to supply her wants. 
Since that our dear old sister has gone from pov- 
erty to that world where "sickness, sorrow, pain 
and dealh are felt and feared no more." 

On Snturday evening, Nov. 30, we met for love- 
feast exercises. We had the pleasure of meeting 
with Bro. Samuel Weimer, of Carlisle, Aik., late 
if Michigan. We had a very pleasant little meet- 
ngwith the eighteen members that communed. 
Several of the members failed to attod, owing to 
bad roads, sickness, etc We had preaching on 
Sunday and Sunday evening. Monday, Dec 2, I 
returned home, leaving Bro. Hodgden to do some 
preaching. We have learned since that two have 
been baptized, and as he is still there, we hope 
that many more may make the good confession. 
We expect Bro. Hodgden and wife here soon. We 
want to hold our love-feast then, if the Lord will, 
Since our return, part of my time has been taken 
up with the affairs of home, preparing for the 
winter, etc. 

Later.— Bro. Sidney Hodgden and wife are now 
with ns at Stuttgart, Bro. Sidney is doing some 
good preaching which, we hope, may do much 
good. If the weather continues favorable, we 
may continue through Christmas week. Our town 
is well provided with churches and church hous- 
We will soon have six church houses com- 
pleted and there ia some talk of building still 
more. We have North and South Methodists, 
Disciples, two kinds of German Lutherans, New 
Lighls, Baptists and Catholics. We also have a 
variety of secret societies with their halls and 
lodges. Then we have the colored people. They 
are mostly Baptists and Methodists. They, too, 
have their secret orders. As to worship, 'they 
keep entirely separate from the whites. Xou can 
not get them to come to meeting, and the white 
man that would go and associate with them, is 
looked upon even by the colored people with sus- 
picion. They bavo been too often duped and 
iwindled by that class of preachers and politi- 
cians. The great question now is, What can be 
done for them and with them to better their con- 
dition, taking things as they are? Who can tell? 

Stuttgart, Ark. 



Philadelphia Gleaninga, 



Prom the Southern Mission, 

Oh Wednesday, Nov. 27, I left Stuttgart for 

about fifty five miles. Our train being late and 

of the Little Book and Memphis Eailroad, we 
were compelled to lay over until next morning. 
We got to Palestine about 6 A. M., and were con- 
veyed about three miles to the home of Bro Aaron 
Slomker. At the council-meeting, Nov. 28 we 
met with our dear brother and sister Hodgden 
Our brother has been, for some time past, work- 
ing in the Southern Mission field. They are 
learning what mission work in the South means 

The councd.rneeting followed the annual visit 
Ihere were no special complaints. All seemed 
to be in love and union. One poor sister was re- 



Scnday, the 8th, we were permitted to lead an- 
other young man down into the laver of regenera- 
tion (Titus 3: 5). Thursday evening, the 12th, 
we baptized a Methodist evangelist. 

_ At an assembly of Baptist ministers in this 
oity, lately, the question discussed was, " The Bap- 
tism of the New Testament." The point to be 
reached was, "Is baptism merely symbolical,— a 
sign,— or for the remission of sins?" It seems 
strange to us, doubtless, that this should be a 
question after the express declaration of Peter, 
Acts 2: 3S, and the additional evidence of John 3: 
5; Titus 3: 5, the ease of Saul of Tarsus, etc. 
There was considerable spirit manifested in the 
discussion, and several of the ministers swung 
from the old moorings of the Baptist churoh on 
that subject over to the design whioh the Gospel 
teaches. This is among the signs of the times 
that men are inclined to leave long-established 
usage if said usage is not in accord with Bevealed 
Truth. It was a hopeful as well as significant 
fact that the break for the truth in this ease was 
principally among the younger men. 
* 
Deo. 9 the Philadelphia Presbytery of the Pres- 
byterian church, discussed, "Shall we Eevise the 
Westminster Confession of Faith?" "Infant 
I damnation " and " The Number of the Eleot is so f 



Definite that it can neither be Increased nor Di- 
minished," received some jaatly-merited exoos- 
ures from a Scriptural stand-point. If men could 
tear the old Eomish veil away from their eyes and 
see that infant baptism logically includes infant 
damnation, and drop the former most silly of all 
pretended religious rites, gray-haired teaohers(?) 
would not have lo worry over the phantom of in- 
fants in hell. How men, who have graduated in 
theological schools, can subscribe to " infant bap- 
tism," is a mystery to me barely solvable. How a 
man can read the New Testament through once or 
twenty times and believe it, unless he has an ex- 
cessive amount of water on the brain, is a mystery 
to me altogether unsolved. If I were asked why 
the theological graduate believes it, my answer 
would be that most schools professing to teach 
theology are surrounded by the atmosphere of the 
Middle Ages and, therefore, calculated to instil 
crude ideas of man's relation to God, etc. 

Of course there were many in the Presbytery 
who wanted the Confession to stand intact be- 
cause a body of men two hundred and fifty years 
ago, who were Presbyterians, wrote it. It looked 
like condemning the old fathers, to revise or strike 
out any of their work. To this it was aptly re- 
plied that wo have improved upon our fathers in 
views of the slave-traffic, general rum-drinking,. 
etc. The views of one century can not be taken 
as the fixed criterion for all ages to come, only 
where it voices a direct "Thus saith the Lord." 
It was further said that every Presbyterian 
preacher living was a heretic, according to the 
Confession, as even the most loyal did not enforce 
it all in their congregations, but while thus lax, in 
part, they were very willing to use other parts as 
a whip on a brother minister, if, by any means, 
personal or otherwise, he had incurred their dis- 
pleasure. There is no doubt that the old Confes- 
sion is going to bo revised and brought nearer in 
accord with God's Word. During the discussion 
we were made to think. I. H. Gibson. 

From Kansas City, Kansas. 



Kansas Citv, Kansas, is within the bounds of 
the Olatbe church. Knowing of a few members 
m the city, I put in some time recently in dis- 
tributing tracts, and visiting and looking up all 
the members I could find. Up to this writing we 
have found seven, and heard of several others. 
One of the seven ia a deacon. Besides the above 
we have ten within three miles of the city— one n 
minister. We found a strong desire on the part 
of members and others to have a series of meet- 
ings in the city, for whioh we are now arranging. 
It will be held in the near future, if the Lord will.. 
Any one knowing of any members living either in 
Kansas City, Kans., or on the Missouri side, will 
please report to the undersigned soon, giving name 
and addresses if possible, and we will look them 
up and arrange with them to attend the meetings. 
During the distribution of the tracts by Bro. 
Keim, he left some at a residence. After the in- 
mates looked them over, two men, living in the 
same house, came to Bro. Keim, stating that they 
were received into the church a number of years 
ago, but that, upon moving to the city, they knew 
of no members near them. They are now looking 
for a brighter day! 

Another man, a Baptist, told me that he had 
read the tracts given him, and, if there were a 
church established, would unite with the Breth- 
ren ' Isaac H. Crist. 

Olathe, Kans, 

" Actions speak more forcibly than words; they 
are the test of character. Like fruit upon the 
tree, they show the nature of the man, while mo- 
tives, like the sap, are hidden from our view." 



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HOSSINGER— ROYER —At the residence 
of the bride's father, on Thanksgiving even- 
ing, by Samuel D. Royer, Mr. A. S. Hos- 
singer, from Elkins, W. Va., to Miss Min- 
nie A. Royer, of Gettysburg, Ohio. 
TERWILLEGER-SMITH— At the resi- 
dence of J. H. Terwllleger, Dec. 4, 1SS9, 
of Mound Valley Township, Mr. Harvey 
Terwilleger to lister Maggie Smith, both 
of Labette County, Kansas. 
KIRKENDOLL— EBY— At the home of 
the bride's mother, sister Susan Eby, near 
Nora, III , Dec. 5, iSSy, by the writer, MIfb 
Sadie Eby to Frederick Kirkendoll. 

Wm. K. Moore. 
NOFFSINGER — BRALLIER.— At Mt. 
Morris, 111., Dec. 1, '89, by the undersigned, 
Bro. J. B. Noffslnger, of Defiance, Ohio, 
and sister Sadie C. Brallier, of Johnstown, 
Pa. T. T. Myers. 

--\ EASTERDAY— COLE.— At the residence 
j of the writer, Nov. 30, by the undersigned, 
'Mr. GilUSrt M. Easterday to Miss Lizzie S. 
Cole, all of Richland County, III. 

Geo. W. Eavey. 
SHOOVER— BOYD.— At the residence of 
the officiating clergy, Dec. 15, Bro. Isaac 
Shoover, of Sunfield, and sister Elizabeth 
X. Boyd, of Woodland, both of Michigan. 
Eld. Benjamin Fryfogle. 
FERMAN— FIKE.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Dec. 5, Mr. William Fer- 
man and Miss Anna Fike, both of Milledge- 
vllle, III. J. E. Miller. 

KALE— TASCHER.— At the residence of 
the bride's parents, Dec. 11, 1889, Mr. Ben- 
jamin F. Kale and sister Rozelia Tascher, 
both of St. Joseph County, Ind. 

Isaac Early. 

WEDEL— MILLER.— At the residence of 
the bride's parents, Nov. 17, Mr. Frederick 
Wedel and Dora Miller, both of St. Joseph 
County, Ind. 



NOFFSINGER -WAGONER— At the 
residence of the bride's parents, brother and 
sister Daniel Wagoner, Dec. 12, 18S9. by 
the undersigned, Bro. Jacob Noffslnger and 
sister Libbie Wagoner, loth of the Union 
City church, Ind. S. W. Bloche 

SLONIKER— TRAVER — At the home of 
the bride, by Bro. G. W. Buckmaster, B: 
Charles Slonlker, of St. Francis County, 
and sister Bama Traver, of Stuttgart ; all of 
Arkansas. J AS . R. Gu 



-^FALLEN i ASLEEP^ 



FAITH— In the Dry Fork church, Jasper, 

Mo., sister Mary Mahala Faith, aged about 

16 years. 
Our sister passed away after severely 
suffering for two weeks from pneumonia and 
heart trouble. Having joined the church 
about two years ago, she remained faithful 
unto the end, and died in the triumph of a 
living faith. Jemima C. Kauffman 

HOOVER— At Henry Creek, Ind., Dec. 

Bro. George Hoover, aged 75 years, 

months and 15 days. 
Bro. Hoover was born In Rockingh; 
County, Va., Sept. 26, 1S14. He was m 
ried to Catharfne Rife in 1834 and in 1836 
emigrated to this State, where he resided un- 
til the time of his death. He and wife were 
baptized In 1839. He was chosen to the min- 
istry Dec. 5, 1840, and was a zealous and act- 
ive worker. He leaves a wife and four chil- 
dren to mourn their loss. Three children 
preceded him to the spirit land. Funeral 
services were held Dec. 12, by Eld. Jacob 
Rife and Eld. Lewis Klnsey from Ps. 17: 15, 
to a large concourse of people. 

Henry L. Fadelv. 
GEISERT— At Beatrice, Nebr., Dec. 11, 

1SS9, Charles L. Geisert, after an Illness of 

We burled his only child, — a little boy, — 
last June. This was our first acquaintance 
with him. Since then, the writer and other 
ministers visited him frequently. Services 
by the writer from Ps. 23 : 4. J. E. Young. 
WISE— In the Poplar Ridge church, Defi- 
ance, Ohio, Sept. 10, Peter Wise, aged 6S 
years, 1 1 months and 14 days. 
The writer has been acquainted with Bro. 
Wise for about four years, and always found 
him hospilable and pleasant. The deceased 
leaves a wife, four daughters and one son to 
mourn their loss. Sister Wise and the daugh- 
ters are members of the church. Funeral 
services by the writer, assisted by Bro. Hen- 
ry Flory and Simon Long. 

Daniel Lorah. 
MYERS.— At Logansport, Ind, Oct. 30, 
Eliza Myers, aged 74 years, 3 months and 
13 days. Services by brethren Samuel 
Leckrone and Leander Pottinger. 
HILDENBRAND— Also in the same con- 
gregation, Nov. 3, 1889, sister Susannah 
Hildcnbrand, aged 66 years, 8 months and 
11 days. Services by Bro. Samuel Leck- 
rone and the writer. 
HELSER— At the same place, Nov. 24, 
1S89, Adda Helser, aged 23 years, 11 
months and 28 days. Services by Bro. 
Wm. F. Neal. Emmanuel Leckrone. 
B ASHOR.— At Covlna, Cal., Dec. 8, of mem- 
braneous croup, Willis W. Bashor, 6on of 
Madison and sister Emma V. Bashor, aged 
6 years, 3 months and 22 days. Funeral 
services by Eld. P. Overhollzer and Bro. 
D. H. Norcross. 
Thus, within the short space of less than 
ane month, two of our grandchildren have 
departed this life. May the assurance that 
they have gone to a far serener clime than 
this, be an incentive to draw the affections of 
ie parents and friends heavenward that there 
ay be, eventually, a happy reunion with the 
dear loved ones gone on before! 

J. S. Flory. 
OHMART— In the West Otter Creek con- 
gregation, 111., Not. 35, lister Eve OHmart, 



wife of Christian Ohmart, aged ;o years, 3 

months and 6 days. 
Deceased was confined to her bed ove 
three months. She was a faithful membe 
of the Brethren church for over thirty si: 
years. Sister Ohmart was born in Clark 
County, Ohio, Aug. 19, 1S19, and was mar- 
ried to Christian Ohmart, March 27, 1837, 
and united with the Brethren church in 1853 
Funeral discourse by the writer from Rev. 



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HENRY.-Inthe Vermillion congregation 
Dec. i, i8S9, sister Julia Henry, daughtei 
of Bro. Jacob and slater Lovlna Henry, 
->ged 21 years, 9 months and 6 days. 

Our sister was permitted to live but a 

short time In the service of her Master. She 

bore her afflictions patiently and died hi the 

hope of a glorious Immortality beyond the 

grave. Sister Julia leaves a kind father and 

mother, three brothers, two sisters and many 

friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services 

by Eld. Daniel Mast, assisted by C. B. Smith, 

from Matt. 11: 26, 37. N. S. Dale. 

WOODS.— In the bounds of the Big Creek 

church, Richland County, 111, Nov. 22 

18S9, fiimd William Woods, aged 78 years 

10 moi.ths and 22 days. 

D ceased was a member of the New 

Light church. Funeral services by Bro. Mi 

chael Forney und the undersigned from Job 

14: '-!■ Geo. W. Eavey. 

FILLMORE.— In the Llbertyville church. 

Jefferson Co, Iowa, Dec. 9, 1889, John II 

Fillmore, aged 69 years, 3 months and 24 

Deceased was born in Rochester, N. Y., 
Aug. rG, 1820. He was united In marriage 
to Sarah Hyatt, July 3, 1849, united with the 
church of the Brethren about the year 1850 
and was called to the ministry In 1856. He 
labored zealously for the cause of his Master 
for about thirty-lhree years. Nov. 15 he 
preached his la6t sermon from the text: "If 
I be lifted up from the earth I will draw al 
men unto me." It can he said of him that hi 
gave up all for the cause of his Master, as hi 
spent his life laboring for the church. While 
he left none of Ibis world's goods, wc bcllevi 
he had much treasure laid up In heaven 
where he has gone to enjoy it. May all Imi 
tate his zeal, and practice the wise admoni 
tions he gave while with us. Funeral dis 
course by Bro. Abram Wolf from 2 Tim. 4 
6-S. Jamies Glotfelty. 

HOCHSTETLER.— In the South Waterloo 

church, Iowa, Nov. 19, 1889, Bro. A. B. 

I iochsteller, aged 63 years, 1 month and 19 

Deceased was born in Somerset County, 
Pa., Aug. 30, 1826, He moved, with his fam- 
ily, to Black Hawk County, Iowa, In 1868. 
He was a member of the church for about 
thirty-three 1 years, and a faithful minister 
twenly-sfx years He was one of the devout- 
est of men. He leaves a sorrowing widow 
and twelve children to mourn their loss. 
One daughter preceded him to the other 
world. The children were all present at his 
funeral but one (Henry) who is living in Ne- 
braska. The services were attended by a 
large concourse of people from Rev. 14: 13, 
by the writer. S. H. Miller. 

BITTERLY— At Pleasant Hill, within the 
bounds of the Waddarns' Grove congrega- 
tion, of blood poison, Minnie Jennie Bitter- 
ly, aged 7 years, 5 months and 29 days. 
Funeral occasion improved by the writer 
from the words, *' The last enemy that shall 
be destroyed is death." D. B. Eby. 

LOOSE.— At Peabody, Marfon Co., Kans., 
Nov. 16, of diphtheria, Ada Loose, aged 2 
years, 7 months and 19 days. 

Ada was an unusually bright little girl 
for her age. Funeral services by brethren 
Abraham Shepler and Enos Fisher. 

Esther Shepler. 
HILKEY— In the Greenland congregation, 
Mineral Co., W. Va , Nov. 22, Bro. Jacob 
Hilkey, aged 70 years, 8 months and 9 

Deceased united with the church forty- 
one years ago and lived faithfully until 



death. He was loved and respected by all 
who knew him. He leaves a wife, two 
daughters and two sons-in-law to mourn 
their loss. John C. Franz. 

REPLOGLE.— In the Yellow Creek church, 
Bedford Co,, Pa., Nov. 15, 1889, Bro. Dan- 
iel B. Replogle, aged 67 years, 3 months 
and 15 days. 

In the death of Bro. Replogle the church 
loses a devoted member. Occasion improved 
from Rev. 14: 13, by Eld. John L. Holslnger 
and the writer. c. L. Buck. 

ROYER— In the Aipena church, Jerauld 
Co., S. Dak., Bro. Daniel W. Royer, aged 
73 years, 3 months and 20 days. 
Deceased was a member of the Brethren 
church for over forty years, and died In hope 
of eternal life in glory. Ills companion and 
one daughter preceded him, while those that 
remain are sowing sei'ds of mercy, to gather 
the sweet flowers In eternity. Funeral serv- 
ices by the writer from 1 Cor. 15: 115. 

B. F. Miller. 
HAWBECKER— In the Naperville church, 
al Warrenvllle, Du Page Co., III., Nov. 6, 
Sarah J. Hawbecker, daughter of friend Jo- 
seph and Mariah Hawbecker, aged 4 years, 
4 months and 5 days. 
HAWBECKER— In the same family, Dec. 
5, Clara E. Hawbecker, aged 3 years, 2 
months and 25 days. 

PAVER— At thesame place, Dec. 4, Charlie 

Paver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paver, aged 5 

years, 11 months and 9 days. 

NETZLEY— At Batavla, Kane Co, 111., 

Dec. 7, Myra, daughter of Bro. Emmanuel 

and sister Mary Netzley, aged 3 years, 8 

months and 3 days. Simon E. Yundt. 

PHENIS— Within the bounds of the Four 

Mile congregation, Nov. 30, 1889, Bro. 

Isaiah Phenis, aged 78 years and 2 months. 

Bro. Phenis was born In Wilkes Countyi 

Georgia, Oct. 1, 181 1. He came to Preble 

County, Ohio, In 1819, and was united In 

marriage with Parmella McCartv, Dec. 24, 

1835. To this union seventeen children were 

born, ten of whom, with the wife, survive to 

mourn their loss, Bro. Isaiah united with the 

Brethren church in 1857, and lived faithfully 

until the end Funeral services conducted 

by Eld. Jacob Rife, from Ps. 17: 15, assisted 

by the Brethren. Wm. M. Whorter, 

FOWLER— At Yellow Creek, 111., Nov. 

27, Anna Margaret. Fowler, aged 77 years, 

6 months and 26 days. 

Deceased was born in Center County, Pa., 
May 1, 1S12. Her maiden name was Miller. . 
She emigrated with her father to Ohio in 
1817. She was married to Joslah Fowler 
Sept. 3, 1840. In the (all of 1844 they came 
to Stephenson County, 111., where she resid- 
ed until the time of her death. Her husband 
departed this life five years ago. Sister Fow- 
ler leaves six children, two daughters, two 
step-daughters and two step-sons, to mourn 
their los* She united with the German Bap- 
tist Brethren church June 27, 1857, and re- 
mained faithful until her death. Funeral 
services by Bro. D. B. Eby and the writer. 
J. Delp. 
COFFMAN— At his home, four miles 
south-west of Mt. Morris, Nov. 25, 1889, 
Edmund Coffrnan, aged 70 years, 6 months 
and 25 days. 
The deceased was highly esteemed by 
all who knew hiin. This was evidenced by 
the large number of friends and neighbors 
who attended his funeral. Services were 
held in the Chapel at Mt. Morris and con- 
ducted by the Brethren from John 11 : 25, 16. 
SCHRECONGORT— In Elderton, Arm- 
strong Co., Pa., Sept. 9, after an Illness of a 
few days, Mrs. Jennie Schrecongort, aged 
30 years, 4 months and 20 days. 

Deceased leaves a husband, six children, 
father, mother, four brothers and one sister 
mourn their loss, but we need not sorrow 
as those who have no hope. Funeral services 
were conducted by Rev. Cripper, of the M. 
E. church, of which she was a member, as- 
sisted by Bro. R. T. Pollard. 

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Table of Contents. 

Poetry— 

The Closing Year. By George D. Prentice; selected 
by M. Effie Gibson i 

Retrospect and Prospect. By I. M. Gibson , i 

The Next Century. By Landon West, 

Hebron, and a Visit to the Cave of Macbpelah. By 

Rev. Selah Merrill, j 

Costly Array. By Enoch Eby, . 

Royal Crumbs. By M. M. Eslielman, : 

Work Among the Children. By Grant Mahan : 

Midnight Musings. By Sarah M. Saunders : 

Absalom's Monument. By Wealthy A. Burkholder,. : 

Musings by the Way. By Fanny Morrow, : 

The Lord's Own. By Gertrude A. Flory, 

Evening Thoughts. By J. B. Moats, : 

Editorials— 

Items > 17,24,: 

New Year Thoughts, ; 

The Elkhart Valley Church, Ind : 

A Good Plan, : 

The Marriage Customs of the Bible, 

Missionary and Tract Work Department — 

Evidences of the True Church. By J. S. Mohler, 

Notes from the Watchman. By T. J. Nair 

Chips from the Work-house. By Daniel Vaniman,. . 

Treasurer's Report, 

Notes from our Correspondents, 27, 

Correspondence, 2S, 29, 

Matrimonial, 

Fallen Asleep, 

Advertisements «, 



Bro. W. J. Swigart is now with the Brethren 
at Green Tree, Pa., conducting a series of meet- 
ings. He expects to remain over three Sundays, 



Elder 0. Myers preached an acceptable sermon 
for us in the Normal Chapel, on his way to the 
Ministerial Meeting. Eld. James K. Lane 
also with us. 

Bro. G. M. Brumbaugh, M. D., with his newly- 
married wife, of Washington, D. 0., is spending 
part of the Holidays with his father, Dr. A. B, 
Brumbaugh, of this place. Bro. Gaius has held, 
for a number of years, a lucrative position in the 
Post Office Department, where he has been sever- 
al times promoted. They have oar best wishes in 
their new relation. 



Elder James Sell expects to hold a series of 
meetings in Lancaster Oity in the near future. 
This should be a productive field for the Breth- 
ren, as there are many members living in the near 
surrounding country, and quite a number of their 
children are engaged in business in the city. 
These should be provided with a church-home in 
the city, or soon they will find homes among the 
other denominations, and thus be lost to our own 
church. Such has already been our lose, as well 
as theirs, in the large towns and cities; and so it 
■will continue, unless a greater effort to save them 
is made on the part of the church. "We hope that 
Bro. Sell's efforts may be greatly blessed. 



Bro. S. S. Gray and wife, of Warrior's Mark, 
Pa, are again sojourning in the Sunny South, and 
will remain there during the winter. Bro. Gray's 
object is to introduce the Gospel, bb we under- 
stand it, among the Southern people. In this no- 
ble work we wish him abundant success. 



We are informed that Homer Himes, a brother 
to Bro. R. L,, whose home is near this place, was 
baptized a few weeks ago in Philadelphia, by Bro. 
Gibson. They are both at South Jersey Insti- 
tute, Bridgeton, N. J., Bro. R. L. teaching, and 
his brother taking a business course. We are 
glad to learn of the good decision made, and hope 
he may prove a valuable accession to the ranks of 
the Master I 

Bro. J. B. Brumbaugh preached a very accept- 
able sermon for us on Christmas evening. He is 
now devoting his time entirely to Bible study, 
with the intention of making himself the more 
useful in the high and holy calling. We need 
many more young men who will consecrate them- 
selves fully to the work of the ministry. While 
in this work, in this world, there is promised 
neither honor (as the world sees it) nor riches, 
there is promised a great reward in the world to 



Elder E. W. Stoner informs us that his health 
is better, and says: "By request of the Brethren 
in Lancaster County, Pa,, I spent some time with 
them, preaching at Lititz from Nov. 24 to Dec. 2. 
We had good meetings, and a few decided to serve 
the Lord. On the evening of Dec. 2 I preached 
in Lancaster City. There is a devoted little band 
there, and they have a cozy house of worship, but 
they have no resident minister. I preached in 
York on the night of the 3rd, and reached home 
on the 4th. On the 6th I went to Frederick City, 
where Bro. McCann is holding some very interest- 
ing meetings. I returned home on the 10th, and 
found all well. Thank the Lord for his goodness!" 

On Friday, Dec. 28, we enjoyed a very pleasant 
family meeting at the home of Bro. George Brum- 
baugh, of Grafton, Pa , in the James Creek con- 
gregation. Oar whole family, with one exception, 
had the pleasure of meeting. These are meetings 
greatly enjoyed by our aged father, who is now in 
his eighty-first year. He still has a sound body 
and mind, and enjoys excellent health. There is 
no time that he is so happy as when surrounded 
by his children and their families; and we are 
sure that the enjoyment is mutual on the part of 
the children. " Children, honor your parents, for 
this is right," is a command that commends it- 
self to every child as being highly proper, and 
worthy of the most sacred consideration. 



NEW YEAR THOUGHTS. 

Out of the old into the new has been the expe- 
rience of a world of people, some with songs of 
gladness, others with anguish and tears— all have 
realized that another year of time and life has 
paeBed away to return no more. And yet, why 
should we be ead? As the weary laborer wends 



his way homeward at the close of a hard day's la- 
bor, he rejoices because the day's work is done, 
because its labors are over, and because it means 
homo and rest in the bosom of his family. So 
should it be with the weary, worn and heavy-lad- 
on child of God. The close of life means labor 
completed. It means rest and a home with loved 
ones who are waiting and watching on the other 
shore for those who have been left behind. The 
beginning of the year, with Christ, may be joy- 
ful, but the close should be still more blessed, be- 
cause it brings ua nearer home, nearer the place 
where we shall lay our burdens dowD, and nearer 
our eternal abode. 

"What shall it be?" was the thought of many, 
a year ago, as they entered the then new year of 
188!), And now, perhaps, many more are looking 
back and asking "What has it been?" Ah, we 
know too welll It has been and is just what we 
made it, But it remains a Berious question to us, 
as it will, in a sense, be lived over again. The re- 
sults of our living, whatever they may be, are laid 
away in Btoie for us— our " works shall follow " us, 
to our joy or our sorrow. Why is it we can not 
understand — why not heed a truth that we know 
to be as unalterable as God himself? As peaoh 
planting and raising brings peaches, so we shall 
reap the fruits of our sowing. 

Some people get a notion into their heads that 
New Year's Day is the only time to make good re- 
solves and new beginnings, and if not done at that 
time, it might as well not be done at all. While 
we admit that, by common consent, it is a very 
good time, it is quite as true that it is not the only 
time. Beginning to be better and do better is 
always in season, and every day put off, is a day 
lost beyond redemption. Hence, the best time to 
begin is always the now— the to-day. Put it not 
offforto-morrowl 

Though Christmas-tide is past, and with it much 
that made it the festive day of the year, we linger 
with pleasure among the scenes that ilaBhed sun- 
shine into so many clouded hearts. The voice of 
the angel, as he pealed forth the gladsome news 
still is sounding; and, during the Holidays, thou- 
sands of child tongues made happy homes melo- 
dious by singing about the glorious news, " A 
Child is born I" 

With the opening of the new year, men are go- 
ing forth with renewed courage, full of hope and 
determination that success shall be attained, 
though sacrifice need be made to attain it. Thou- 
sands will prove as the ball that flashes forth from 
the cannon's mouth with lightning speed — ever 
wasting speed and power as it goes. This is not 
the road to success. Our reserve force must not 
be wasted, or all used in the beginning. The 
great oak grows from the twig, and increases in 
strength as it grows. This should be true of man, 
financially, morally and spiritually. Mushroom 
growths, of any and every kind, are of short dura- 
tion. 



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THE GOSPEL HESSENGEK. 



14/ 1890. 



^BSSAYS^ 



THE CLOSING YEAR. 



<TU midnight's holy hour, and silence now 

le brooding like a genLlc spirit o'er 

The still and pulseless wtfrld. Hark I on the winds 

The bell's deep tones ar«- swelling,— 'tis the knell 

Of the departed year. No funeral train 

Is sweeping past; vet, on the stream and wood, 

With melancholy light, the moonbeams rest, 

Like a pale, spotless shroud ; the air U stirred 

As by a mourner's sigh; and on yon cloud 

That floats so still and placidly through heavan, 

The spirits of the seasons seem to stand,— 

Young Spring, bright Summer, Autumn's solemn forr 

And Winter, with its aged locks,— and breathe, 

In mournful cadences that come abroad 

Like the far wind-harp's wild and touching wail, 

A melancholy dirge o'er the dead year, 

Gone from the Earth forever. 

•Us a lime 
For memory and for tears. Within the deep, 
Still Chambers ot the heart, n spectre dim, 
Whose tones are like the wizard voice of Time, 
Heard from the tomb of ages points its cold 
And solemn finger to the beautiful 
And holy visions that have passed away, 
And left no shadow of their loveliness 
On the dead waste of life. That spectre lifts 
The coffin- lid of Hope, ai.d Joy, and Love, 
And, bending mournfully above the pale, 
Sweet forms that slumber there, scatters dead (lowers 
O'er what has passed to nothingness. 

The year 
Has gone, and with it many a glorious throng 
Of happy dreams. Its mark is on each brow, 
Its shadow in each heart. In it? swift course 
It waved Its scepter o'er the beautiful, — 
And they are not. It laid its pallid hand 
Upon the strong man, — and the haughty form 
Is fallen, and the Hushing eye is dim. 
It trod the hall of revelry, where throng'd 
The bright and joyous,— and the tearful wail 
Of stricken on^s is heard where erst the song 
And reckless Bhout resounded. 

It passed o'er 
Th° battle-plain, where sword, and spear, and shield 
Flashed in the light of mid-day, — and the strength 
Of serried hosts is shiver'd, and the grass, 
Green from the foil of carnage, waves above 
The crushed and mouldering skeleton. It came, 
And faded like a wreath of mist at eve; 



Yet, i 



elted In the \ 



) their home 



Remorseless Time! 
Fierce spirit of the glass and scythe!— what power 
Can 6tay him In his silent course, or melt 
His iron heart to pity? On, still on, 
He presses, and forever. The proud bird, 
The condor of the Andes, that can soar 
Through heaven's unfathomable depths, or brave 
The fury of the Northern hurricane. 
And bathe his plumage in the thunder's home, 
Furls his broad wings at nightfall, and sinks down 
To rest upon his mountain crag, — but Time 
Knows not the weight of sleep or weariness, 
And night's deep darkness has no chain to bind 
Hie rushing pinions. 

Revolutions sweep 
O'er earth, like troubled visions o'er the breast 
Of dreaming sorrow,— cities rise and sink 
Like bubbles on the water, — fiery isles 
Springblazlng from the ocean, and go back 
To their mysterious caverns,— mountains rear 
To heaven their bald and blacken'd cliffs, and bow 
Their tall heads to the plain, — new empires rise, 
Gathering the strength of hoary centuries, 
And rush down like the Alpine avalanche, 
Startling the nations, — and the very stars, 
Yon bright and burning blazonry of God, 
Glitter awhile In their eternal depths, 
And, like the Pleiad, loveliest of their train, 
Shoot from their glorious spheres, and pass away 
To darkle In the trackless void,— yet Time, 
Time, the tomb-builder, holds hi6 fierce career, 



Dark, stern, all-pitiless, and pauses not 
Amid the mighty wrecks that strew his path 
To sit and muse, like other conquerors, 
Upon the fearful ruin he has wrought. 

—Selected by M. Effie Gibson. 

RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT. 

BY I. M. GIBSON. 
Extract from a New Tear's Sermon. 
" Forgetting those things that are behind * * * I press 
toward the mark for the prize." — Phil. 3: 13, 14. 

The year 1890 has dawned upon the world. 
Another year has gone by, and thuB we are one 
year nearer our rest, one year nearer our eternal 
home, and we have one year less to prepare for it. 
Let us, therefore, take 

A RETROSPECTIVE VIEW. 

In the first place, we notice that time has gone 
by that can never be recalled. Time! Do we re- 
alize the fall— nay, even the dreadful import of 
the word? It is one of the moBt precious gifts of 
God to man. Without it, man could not be man; 
without its right use, he can not be manly. If we 
grasp its true meaning, we will not permit ifc to 
slip by unobserved, unimproved,— we have learned 
the lesson each day had to impart, and learned it 
well. 

Have we not realized, in reflecting upon it, that 
each of us is, in a certain sense, in his own little 
bark far out in midstream, where the current runs 
swiftest, — gliding, and gliding rapidly? But 
where? Down to the great oce.<m of God's loving 
presencp, or the- dark gulf of misery and despair? 
If we look around us we can not Bhut our eyes to 
the toletnu, painful fact that many are sleeping, so 
far as any practical work is concerned, as all the 
precious time flits by. 

Has not every day its work,— duties particular- 
ly and peculiarly its own? Hard work to-day will 
not redeem lobt yesterday, for we can do no more 
to-day, work we ever so hard, than to-day de- 
mands of us for itself. Yesterday is gone into the 
irreparable past. Between us and the once sunny 
days of last week, there is a great gulf that can 
not be crossed by men or angels. 

Time may be likened to the rivulet that starts 
from the mountain hide, and pursues its journey 
to the sea. It can neither turn back, nor check 
its onward flow. So with time and man. Time 
flows through his hands, and its present only can 
be used. Yesterday was a grand day, but it is 
gone, and to-day is going. " Time and tide wait 
for no man." 

The morning sun rose, not for a favored few, 
but for all. His morning light came glinting over 
the waters, tinting hill-top and valley with a mel- 
low, roseate hue. With full splendor for awhile 
he shone, but always on the move. The hours 
went by, and he sank,— in a cloud of glory for 
some, for the duties of the day were well done. 
He sank in leaden gloom for others, for they had 
sported or slept by their unfinished tasks. 

In the retrospect we Bee work that was imper- 
fectly done, — work marred upon the "potter's 
wheel," because we went to the work unprepared. 
Possibly we went, depending upon an inspiration 
never promised. The builder of oar earthly homes 
does not depend very largely upon inspiration in 
building the walls, bat works according to a care- 
fully prepared plan. The soldier upon the car- 
nal field, if he be worth mnch as a warrior, or if 
he be entrusted to a command, must have prepared 
himself by a long course of study, drill, etc. Let 
us learn wisdom of the world where we can, and not 
go to our grandest of ail warfares unprepared. Of 
course, our preparation must be different from 
that of the world, but as our work is more import- 
ant, so ought the preparation to be the more thor- 
ough. 



It will not do to attribute failure to the Holy 
Spirit. No failure ever originates there. " The 
times of this ignorance God once winked at," etc, 
but that was before even the dark ages. The old 
proverb that " God never helps those who refuse 
to help themselves," is undoubtedly true. We 
ought to pray to God to help us in our prepara- 
tion, and also in the execution of our work, but it 
ceases to be trust when we expeot him to do for ub 
what we can and should do for ourselves. It re- 
quires months, and sometimeB years of study to 
become vereed in any of a dozen books I might 
mention, — books composed and written by men. 
Knowing this, as all must, why will we persist in 
believing that by a kind of hap-hazard reading oc- 
casionally, — and that usually for the mere purpose 
of finding a text, — we can become instruotors(?) 
in a Book, the subjeot- matter of which it required 
divine wisdom to compose. 

Paul says in the text, "Forgetting those things 
that are behind." How many things there are 
behind that it would be better for us to forget! 

Our discontent we should forget. If we have 
murmured against our lot, and murmured against 
God because we have been unable to procure this 
or that, we will forget it by forgetting the things we 
wanted, and could not obtain! Let us rest as- 
sured that God has given us all we deserved, — 
nay, much more than we deserved. Let us thank 
him for what he has, in his goodness and mercy, 
bestowed upon us with a bountiful hand. With a 
blueh of shame, let "us stop this murmuring for 
some of the miserable toys of earth. How incon- 
sistent humanity often is, and how prone to mur- 
mur ! Some grumble for rain, — grumble when it 
rains, and while it pours in torrents! Some look 
blue and predict a drought! There is grumbling 
when our friends are not appreciated, and then, as 
soon as they are, we fear it will prove their ruin. 

It ia best to forget pnst mistakes. There iB a 
disposition which, when pandered to, hinders all 
real improvement. Looking back to see how ev- 
erything we have done might have been done bet- 
ter, has in it a correct principle, to be Bure, and 
regrets for past failings seem to be perfectly right, 
but, at the same time, there ought to be other and 
better feelings. Faith ought to make us sanguine 
and determined It ought to give us an impulse 
to persevere, however often we may have failed. 

The best deed any mere man ever performed 
was necessarily marked by imperfections. But 
work done at our best, however imperfectly done, 
will be accepted by the Father, and receive the 
promised blessing. Paul seems to intimate, " For- 
get those past failures; you will do better the 
next time." 

We often sing, "The mistakes of my life have 
been many," etc., but why mourn over what oan 
not now be rectified? If we have chosen the 
wrong calling in life, and are growing old, of 
course we can not accomplish what we might have 
done had we chosen that for which we were more 
fitted. But mourning over it will only waste our 
powers, and do little or no good. Let us do the 
best we can in the calling that we have chosen, 
and trust the result to His hands who doeth all 
things well. 

It is not by complaining that we have not the 
right opportunities, but by using to the very best 
advantage thoBe which we possess, that we will be 
able to accomplish anything. We are never in a 
situation that we were not placed in by God's ap- 
pointment or man's mis appointment, and the fact 
that we have made any grievous mistakes, is no 
infallible sign that we may not, by properly di- 
rected effort in the future accomplish much good, 
or even become master workmen. Let us forget 
past mistakes; they may make ua timid and cause 
us to distrust both ourselves and Providence. .Re- 
member that even the best of men were onee toll 



Jan. 14, 1899. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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of imperfections. The greatest viotoriee in all 
profeBBions were won by overcoming hiuderaoces 
and always pressing onward. 

"Wo should also forget our past sins. " Forget- 
ting those things that are behind." Of all things 
that are behind, I suppose our sins weigh heaviest 
in the scales of eternal justice, bat, blessed be 
God, we may forget them. If our sins have been 
washed away in Jesus* blood, — if they have been 
pardoned in the appointed way, they are far re- 
moved from us, and need trouble us no more. Let 
us forget them. 

Let us look, for a moment, at the ravages which 
time has made! It has laid its liaud upon all, and 
some it ba3 carried away. A father went out up- 
on the great deep, but never returned. Years 
rolled away, and wife and little ones waited for the 
home coming. "Hope springs eternal in the 
human breaBt," but, " Hops deferred makes the 
heart Bick." As the summers came and went, hope 
darkened iDto despair, for the father came not, 

A vessel was crossing the sea with happy 
families gathered on board. But the lightnings 
flashed across the waters, — a wave rushed over 
the vessel, and a mother and her babe were car- 
ried overboard. The mother was rescued, bat the 
babe found a resting place among the sands and 
corals of the deep. The waves play over it until 
"time shall be no more, and there shall be no 
more sea." And how many to-day have friends 
who were buried with the " unknown dead." 

Yes, the past hae had its heart-aches, but the 
sorrows of the past may be healed and the broken 
heart bound up. This, however, is only for the 
Christian,— only for the blood-bought, — they who 
have a right to the Tree of Life. 

Retrospect for the man who has no Savior to 
look to is dark, — all dark. The troubles and dis- 
appointments have no bright side, — the clouds 
no silver lining. But to the believer the very 
troubles of life may be turned into a well-spring 
of joy. God will lead him unto living fountains 
of waters and wipe away all tears from their eyes. 

This is the reward of those who come up out of 
trouble and tribulation. If true to Christ, great 
will bo the victory and reward. Thus, you see, 
our very troubles may be blessings in disguise. 
Let us, then, thank God for troubles; for if he 
sends them they are not without their lesson and 
blessing, eveu here. Troables, rightly borne, 
purify, — ennoble! 

But let us, in our retrospective glance, ask our- 
selves a practical question. Has the past year 
been devoted to Christ, or has it rather been de- 
voted to self? Have we been trying to advance 
the spiritual kingdom, or have we been wholly 
spending our time in trying to advance our own 
little kingdoms? Do we love and long for souls 
more than we do for riches? If we do not, then 
heaven pity us, for we have not learned the lesson 
aright, and the quicker we begin again, the better 
it will be for our eternal welfare! 

We can not shut our eyes to the fact that this is 
a money-loving, money-grasping ago. While all 
ages were so, to a certain extent, this one is par- 
ticularly so. Strange that we have not advanced 
in this beyoud our predecessors, but we certainly 
have not. 

Christ made a whip and drove the barterera and 
usurers out of the temple. Supposing all such were 
driven out of the spiritual temple now, how many 
do you suppose would remain? There always 
have been good, God-fearing, self-Bacriticing men 
in the church, — men who were and are willing to 
consecrate themselves to the welfare of Christiani- 
ty, and, I believe, we always will have such men. 
But, supposing all the money worshipers were 
driven out, I fear the ranks would look alarmingly 
thin. 

Money rightly used may be the means of se- 



curing blessed results, but money wroDgly used 
has never yet failed to prove a curse. Men seldom 
get absorbed iu money getting, to the exclusiou of 
all things else, with the intention o£ using it for 
Christ Great wealth often proves the ruin of an 
individual, a city or a nation. The iniquity which 
wealth brought upon Sodom resulted in her utter 
destruction. Babylon which, at one time, was the 
glory of kingdoms, was laid desolate because of 
the righteous indignation of God, which was visit- 
ed upon her. A mournful end, but Mammon as 
onr God brings just such mournful desolation. 

The desire for wealth comes on, — like other 
evils,— gradually. Then it will abBorb the eutire 
mind. When gained, it breeds first voluptuous 
living, secondly enervation, thirdly decay, lastly 
death. 

The young man who has been taught to measure 
everything by a money standard is to be pitied. 
He whose Bole aim in life is to amaBB wealth, ia an 
enemy to society, and will never develop true 
manhood. 

Again, an intense desire for wealth ia apt to lead 
to dishonesty. In the business world it breeds 
" corners," " monopolies " and "trusts." Solomon 
organized the first great " trust." He carried on 
the mercantile business of the entire nation. Of 
couree he grew rich. Any man could under half 
ao favorable circumstances. He did it through 
monopoly, taking all the business into his own 
hands. 

There are many dark shadows in the past, but 
the past ia gone and with it the shadows. Then 
do not let the memory of those ^shadows becloud 
our pathway I "Let the dead past bury its dead," 
and do not brood over what you now plainly see 
might have been. 

" Of all sad words of tongue or pen, 
The saddest are these — ' It might have been.' " 

Since such recollections are sad, they will oast 
a gloom over the future, if we allow them to do 
so. In this respect we had better let by-gones be 
by-gones. 

Bat, dear brethren, as we to-day look back over 
the past, the picture is not all dark. We look 
back, and, while, on one side, we see an open grave 
and a loved form being lowered into it, we eee, on 
the other side, a beautiful valley and a flower- 
tinted hill, green pastures and still waters. 

Our past life, since we were washed in a dying 
Savior's blood, ia precious to us. It ought to be. 
When we extract the paiu and bereavement from 
it, how many bright days there have been in it 
after all! How many joyous companionships; how 
many holy associations I 



But do we regret to turn our eyes away from 
even the sunlight of the past? Oh no: we do not 
regret that it is best for ue to look forward. In 
the forward look we step firmly upon a better 
world than the past has been. It stretches out 
before ub, vast, illimitable! We eee fields and 
pasture lands, fairer and more fruitful than 
Goshen or Canaan. Mountains more majestic and 
gloriouB than Tabor, Pisgah or Zion, tower above 
ns! 

"Forgetting those things that are behind, I 
press toward the mark of the prize" With every 
Christian, ae with Paul, there is a prize ahead. 
If the past is gone from us forever, we have a. 
future before us yet, all our own. This is a good 
time to resolve what to do with it. We are bet- 
ter prepared to answer this question than we ever 
were. It ia the right time to make new and better 
resolutiona than we have thus far formed, and we 
are more capable of executing them. If we have 
done little good in the past and realize it, let it be 
a warning to us to work more and harder in the 
future. Life must first have a purpose, then a 



plan. Having these we are entitled to occasionally 
look forward,— to pierce the veil of the future with 
prophetic gaze and contemplate the prize. This 
will only make us the more determined tc " press 
forward" to the goal, to handle with our hands 
what we now only see by prospect,— to enjoy as a 
reality what we now hope for. 

The next year Bhould be for us a better year 
than the one just past We should attain to a 
greater degree of piety, — develop a higher Chris- 
tian life,— do more for Christ. More soula should 
be brought into the fold, and more money conse- 
crated to a use that will produce results everlast- 
ing. The fields are white to the harvest, let the 
reapers go forth, aud help the reapers to go forth. 
The prospects before us are only bounded by the 
everlasting hills,— the pearly gates and the Eternal 
City, the New Jerusalem and the house not made 
with^hauds. 

Yes, we are entitled to look ahead, and when 
"Btandingou the promises of God our Savior," 
and looking forward by the aid of the light that 
they shed around us, we see the great angel of the 
Lord descending to earth with a mighty shout. 
We hear the trumpet sound and the graves are 
opened, — the redeemed are coming home. 

What a home coming it ia! The poor who in 
this world possessed no home that would shelter 
them from the wiutory storm are now coming to a 
more enduring home than was ever fashioned for 
the rich man out of blocks of granite, or oarved 
from finest marble. The sea that has so long 
held its dead gives them up at laBt, What a meet- 
ing of friends, of patriarchs, apostles and martyrs! 
But for earth they rise not. They are taking the 
last Btepiu the heavenward journey, and with new 
strength they rieo above world and cloud. With 
silvery wing they brush among the Btare and stand 
at last, a joyous company, aud clamor for admit- 
tance at the Golden Gate which opena at their 
bidding. With such a glorious " prospect " ahead 
of us, how hopeful and happy we should be! God 
having in reservation such boundless riches for 
faithful moo, how faithful we should be! Let us 
resolve that, God helping us, at the end of the 
year, 1890, wo will be better men and better wom- 
en than we are now I 

Philadelphia, Pa. 



THE NEXT CENTURY. 



BY LANDON WEST. 



While contemplating the events aud changes 
that we have witnessed in the year of 1889, we are 
led to wonder what will be the marks of the com- 
ing year. 

And while impressed with the fleetness of time 
and the changes to which we are all subject iu one 
year, we are amazed at the work of the present 
century, which ia now nearing its close. The reo- 
ords of heaven will no doubt show this to have 
boen one of the moat eventful and important 
centuries in the history of the world. While some 
of the events have been frightful and threatening, 
yet many have been pleaBing and encouraging. 
Amid the many things that are to be regretted 
there are also many things that have caused 
thanksgiving to God. At no time in the world's 
history have there been the opportunities for do- 
ing the Lord's will as there are to-day. The 
great salvation has baen heard of in nearly all the 
world. 

The Savior's name is now known in almost all 
the languages; the Word of God is being sent into 
all places and to all people. Liberty holda a 
away to-day that was never known before. Slav- 
ery, — involuntary servitude,— is almost a thing of 
the past, and it is now a question among the kings 
and rulers of the earth, whether war may not be 



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Jan. 14, 1890. 



done away with. At no point in the history of 
our world has there be en a feeling so nearly uni- 
versal for giving to our children the mind of the 
Lord 6nd the fitcry of the cross as tbtre is to day. 

Seeing that the parents and teachers of to-day 
are molding the minds and hearts of the men and 
women of the nest century, we are led to wonder 
what will be the events of that era? What will 
be the fruits of the presont sowing? What will 
be the fruits of that age? Will they be for the 
better or for the worse? 

We feel that these are questions of vast import- 
ance to ue, who are now living, as well as to those 
who are to follow us, for the parents and teachers 
of this age are to moald the sentiment of the age3 
to come, and we are responsible for the work done 
by us, whether it be good or bad. 

Seeing that we are to account to God for the 
trust committed to our keeping, and for the work 
done in our day, can we not all resolve, like Joshua 
of old, " Let others do as they may, but as for me 
and my house (his children) we will serve the 
Lord?" 

Let the parentB of to-day make this resolution, 
and carry it into effect, and both the church and 
world will bo safe, not only for the nest century, 
but for all time to come. 

This we can all do, and it will give to us the ap- 
proval of God in that great day, and not to us 
alone, but also to our children. 



HEBRON, AND A VISIT TO THE CAVE OF 
MACHPELAH. 

Hebron is one of the four sacred cities of the 
Jews, the others being Safed, Tiberias, and Jeru- 
salem ; and these are among the most filthy towns 
in Palestine. Two of these cities, Jerusalem and 
Hebron, are sucred likewise to the Mohammedans, 
who have two others; namely, Medina and Mecca. 
As a rule, travelers are not very enthusiastic over 
a visit to Hebron. Siokly Jews and fanatical 
Moslems make up the population, and the latter, 
not infrequently, offer violence to Europeans who 
attempt to go unprotected about the town, or who 
approach too near the mosk, which has been so 
long and jealously guarded by the followers of the 
Prophet. Like Shiloh, Bethel, Bethany, and 
many other ptacep, including even Jerusalem it- 
self, Hebron ha3 little to commend it to one'B no- 
tice aside from its associations. The sounds, 
sights, and scenery observed here are similar to 
those observed iu a multitude of other cities or 
villages of the Holy Laud, — the fields and paths 
are full of stones; the hills are rocky; vineyards 
occupy the valleys, or cling to the rugged slopes: 
olive, pomegranate, and apricot trees rise from the 
narrow terraces; camels, donkeys, Bheep, and goats 
and noisy children, make up the picture of Hebron 
as the traveler seas it to-day. 

Yet this is one of the most iatereating places in 
the world. It ia interesting for its antiquity. The 
statement that "it was built seven years before 
Zoan in Egypt" (Num. 13: 22), doubtless had a 
meaning to its author and to those whom he ad- 
dressed, which ia lost to us. When it first appears 
in history, it is occupied by the Hittites, that 
strange people respecting whom we are juBt be- 
ginning to spell out a little knowledge. So far as 
historical notices are concerned, it has been lost 
from sight for long periods.only to re-appear again; 
and we are certain that El Khalil of to-day oc- 
cupies the site of the city of Ephron, who belong- 
ed to a forgotten race, and to Abraham, the father 
of the Hebrews. Mohammedans, Jews, and Chris- 
tians are alike interested in this ancient town. 

From his tent on the quarantine grounds, wliere 
camps are usually pitohed, the traveler has the 
town before him; and the most conspicuous ob- 
ject in it is the massive and solid wall enclosing 



the mosk, which forms a parallelogram one hun- 
dred feet wide, two hundred feet long, and sixty 
feet high. The size of this structure, rising as it 
does above the city, makes a grander impression 
upon the beholder than the actual character of the 
mosk would justify. After visiting the famous 
pool, the glass-shops, where simple glass orna- 
ments are made, and the bottle-factories, where 
goat-skins, taken whole from the animals, are pre- 
pared as in Bible times for holding water, wine, 
or oil, he essays to visit the mosk. After reach- 
ing the building, and ascending a few of the steps 
which lead into it, he finds himself suddenly, and 
rudely, stopped; and no power short of a special 
firman from the Sultan himself can open the 
way. The traveler is not satisfied; but he can not 
help himself, and must return. 

A few persons have been allowed to enter the 
mosk, the first being the Prince of Wales, in 1862; 
tho Marquis of Bute, 1866; the Grown Prince of 
Prussia (since known as Emperor Frederick III), 
in 1869; two sons, Albert and George, of the 
Prince of Wales, in April, 1882; and General Lew 
Wallace, in November, 1882, each accompanied by 
a few friends. Three or four private persons 
claim to have entered the mosk, either in disguise 
or in some service connected with the government 
of the country; but two, at least, of these claims 
are of very doubtful character. 

The difficulties encountered from the Turkish 
authorities by the Prince of Wales made it well- 
nigh impossible for him to accomplish his pur- 
pose; but he succeeded at last, and Dean Stanley's 
account of this visit is still read with almost thrill- 
ing interest Although no one who has entered 
the moBk since that date (1862) has met with 
similar obstacles, yet it is only by special favor» 
seldom granted, that permission to do so can be 
obtained. 

Captain (now Sir Charles) Warren when en- 
gaged on his explorations in Jerusalem, told me 
of his efforts to enter the place, which proved 
fruitless just at the moment when he expected 
that his hopes would be realized. The reader 
may be interested in an outline of the long and 
curious story, since it is such a good illustration 
of Oriental methods, and of the general worthless- 
ness of Oriental promises. The Governor of Je- 
rusalem and Palestine promised him that he 
should enter the mosk and make whatever exami- 
nations he pleased. The day was fixed, and sol- 
diers were sent to see that the Governor's order 
was carried out, and to protect Captain Warren 
from the fanatical people of the town. When he 
reached Hebron he found that it was impossible 
for him to gain admission; neither his letters and 
statements, nor the presence oE the soldiers, had 
any effect. He was obliged to return to Jerusa- 
lem no wiser as to the interior of the mosk than 
when he came. He laid the matter before his 
consul and before the Governor. The Governor 
affected surprise, but said he would investigate 
the case at once. The officer who had charge of 
the squad of soldiers was called, aud, in the 
presence oi both the Governor and Captain Warren, 
he declared that Warren had entered the mosk 
and visited every part of it. The L Governor be- 
lieved his story, and that ended the proceedings. 
The whole affair seemed to me a huge joke. But 
Warren's pride was too deeply wounded for him 
to regard it in that light. And these who are 
familiar with Oriental life and official dealings 
know that the Turks would look upon it as a mat- 
ter of every-day occurrence. 

In the case of General Wallace no obstacles of 
any kind were interposed. On the part of the 
Turkish officials of every grade there seemed to be 
the greatest readiness to facilitate the proposed 
visit. There were two ladies in our party, — Mrs. 
J. M, Lane, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, and the 



wife of the present writer; and, so far as is known, 
these are the first and only Christian women who 
have entered this mosk in many centuries. 

Raonf PaBha, the Governor of Jerusalem and 
Palestine, accompanied us; and we had an escort 
of twenty- six soldiers besides the consular guard. 
These were all dressed in the ordinary dress of 
the Turkish soldier, — top-boots, loose breeches, 
waistcoats, and fez. They carried their guns, and 
were mounted on fine horses. Party escort, camp 
servants, and the necessary riding and baggage 
animals, made an unusually large caravan ; like- 
wise the camp at night formed a picturesque and 
Btirring scene. 

In honor of our visit the streets of the town had 
been cleaned, so that they presented an air of 
neatness and comfort, compared with their ordina- 
ry filthy condition. Passing between the two lines 
of Boldiers who were drawn up to receive ub, we 
entered the mosk early in the forenoon of Wednes- 
day, November 15, 1882. 

The guardian-in-chief was a man above medium 
size, dignified in his bearing, with dark skin, and 
with full black eyes. On receiving ub he did not 
look upon us with disdain, but his entire manner 
indicated intense seriousness; and no wonder, for 
one of the most sacred places in the Moslem world 
was being entered by Christians. From the be- 
ginning to the end of our visit he was civil, and 
perhaps courteous. I could not say that he was 
cordial; for his great seriousness prevented any- 
thing approaching a smile either from himself 
and the attendants of the mosk or from the visit- 
ors. Could his feelings at that time have been 
written down, and likewise his comments upon 
his guests, how curious, and perhaps interesting, 
they would be for all of us present there that dayl 
The monotony of his life had been relieved in a 
way he had little expected or desired. On our 
part, in moving about, in examining different ob- 
jects and different parts of the mosk, and in con- 
versation with each other, we endeavored to show 
the utmost respect for the feelings and prejudices 
of our entertainers. 

The great enclosure is divided, orossways, into 
four sections, one of which is an open court, and 
the largest, which occupies more than one-third of 
the entire space, waa originally a church. This is 
at the southern end of the building, and contains 
the tombs of Isaac and Kebecca. In the porch on 
the right hand as one enters the church is the 
tomb of Abraham, and on the left that of Sarah. 
Across the open court, and in the northern end of 
the building, are the tombs of Jacob and Leah, 
while that of Joseph is in an adjoining apartment, 
as if it were added as an after-thought to the ori- 
ginal group. Thus the six tombs, not counting 
that of Joseph, are arranged on the floor of the 
mosk at equal distances from each other. They 
are in reality only cenotaphs eight feet long, four 
feet wide, and six feet high, all being about the 
same size and shape, and having rounded tops. 
They are covered with costly pieces of silk, em- 
broidered with gold, those on the men's tombs 
being green, and those on the women's bright rose- 
color, — the gifts of sultans or other wealthy and 
powerful defenders of the Moslem faith. 

Each cenotaph stands in a separate enclosure 
or room, the entrance to which is guarded by a 
railing or gate. Those belonging to the tombs of 
Abraham and Sarah were said to be of silver; but 
where the silver had been worn away we saw that 
the gates were really made of iron, Neither the 
Prince of Wales in 1862 nor his sons twenty years 
later were allowed to enter the railing whioh pro- 
tects the tomb of Sarah. When the members of 
our party reached this shrine, the guardian of the 
mosk said that we could not enter it, alleging in 
reply to our inquiries, that the key of the gate had 
been lost. When we expressed our regret, he 



Jan. 14, 1890. 



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21 



said that if we really wished to enter, perhaps an- 
other key could be found; and we all joined in 
urging him to make the attempt, and in the hope 
that he would be successful. Presently a key was 
brought, and we entered where no Christians had 
been allowed to enter before. As Americans, we 
felt a little pride in being able to take a step in 
penetrating the mysteries of the place which not 
even royal perBonageB had succeeded in taking 
previous to that time. 

Once within the mosk, my feelings were those 
of disappointment, — first, at its size. It is not 
large or imposing. This may be due partly to the 
fact that the space is divided into different rooms, 
as has been described. Secondly, I was disap- 
pointed to find it in such a neglected condition. 
The ornamentation on the walls had fallen here 
and there, and the general air was one of dilapida- 
tion and decay. On the other hand, the floor of 
the mosk was covered with some of the moBt 
elegant Turkish rugs that I have ever seen. 

It has been stated that the great stones, twenty 
or more feet in length, which form the enclosure, 
are precisely like thosa in the wall of the Haram 
enclosure at Jerusalem, which is supposed to be 
Herodian work. This is incorrect in at leaBt two 
particulars: First, the beveling or sunk border on 
the edge of the stones is not so deep; and, second. 
ly, the faces are smooth, while those in the wall 
at Jerusalem are very rough. The stones that 
most nearly resemble those at Hebron, are those 
found in the ruins of Hyrcanu's palace at Arak 
el Emir east of the Jordan. This we know was 
built a little less than two hundred years before 
Christ It is go extremely doubtful, as to be al- 
most certain that Herod the Great had nothing to 
do with erecting these famous walls at Hebron, 
although some writers allege the contrary. They 
existed in his day as monuments that had come 
down from the past; bat who built them he does 
not say, nor, with our present knowledge, can we 
determine. 

Between the tombs of Isaac and Abraham, in 
the north-west corner of the churoh, there is a 
hole in the floor about eighteen inches in diameter, 
through which by meanB of a lamp we could see a 
considerable part of the room below. Stones 
were scattered about on the ground, and on one 
side the native rock appeared, |in which was the 
entrance to a oave. Were there no mosk or build- 
ings here, and did we know nothing about the 
spot, this wall of rock, with this rough entrance to 
a cave, would not be unlike scores of similar 
places in Palestine. This is all that we know up 
to the present time of the cave of Machpelab. 
Many persons suppose that the Prince of Wales and 
Dean Stanley actually entered the cave of Maohpe- 
lah, and they hardly believe me when I say that it 
certainly was not so. The Prince and the Dean 
went ae far as we went, and no farther. They saw 
' what we did, and no more. Not far from this 
hole there was a large stone clamped down with 
heavy iron bands, and, judging from their worn 
appearance, they had not been disturbed for gen- 
erations. The pasha told us that he could order 
the stone removed, and go down to the cave, but 
it would give offense at Constantinople, and he 
would not dare attempt it for fear of the conse- 
quences. 

The mystery which still surrounds this ] sacred 
spot will one day be cleared up, and we shall know 
whether or not the cave contains any treasures, 
or any objects of interest of any kind. In my 
judgment, those who expect to find there mummy- 
cases or any relics of the patriarchs will be dis- 
appointed. First, we. do not know that free access 
to the cave has been obstructed, except since the 
Moslem occupation of the country; and daring the 
many centurieB previous to that date therb would 
be abundant opportunity for any and all relics to 



be destroyed or lost. Secondly, while mummies 
can be preserved in the perfectly dry atmosphere 
and sand of Egypt, I doubt very much if it would 
be possible for them to be preserved for any time 

the moist earth of Palestine. Even the lime- 
stone rock is porous, bo that objects preserved in 
a cave would, after a while, decay and perish. 

■Rev. Selah Merrill, in Sunday School Times. 



COSTLY ARRAY. 



BY ENOCH EBY. 



"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in 
modest apparel, with shamefaced ncss and sobriety; not with 
braided hair or gold, or pearls, or costly array." — i Tim. 3: 9. 

One whose eyes have been anointed with eye- 
salve, Rev. 3: 18, and whoBO heart evinces the 
anointing of the Holy Spirit; 1 John 2: 27, thinks 
a good many of our Bisters transcend the limits of 
the Gospel in coBtly array, especially in their 
bonnets, and says, " Please explain through the 
Messenger." Let us turn " to the law and tee- 
timony. If they speak (dress) not according to 
this Word, it is beoause there is no light in them. 
Isa. 8: 20. 

The meaning of words must bo determined by 
the context, whioh always shows the use which the 
author or writer made of them. For instance, 
when I say to my son, "Bring me a switch," he 
would at once know that I do not mean the rail- 
road track. So the term *' costly array," in itc 
connection in the above text, means something ex- 
traordinary, or ornamenting for display, — some- 
thing more than common Bnd necessary, such as 
are named in the context, — braided hair, pearls, 
gold, etc. We can array ourselves with land, Jer, 
43: 12. Some are as vain with their broad acres 
as the foolish woman with the feathers in her hat. 
We can also be arrayed with glory. Job 40: 10. 

Array may be modest, aB indicated in our text, 
but the apoatle Peter, using the same line of 
thought (which is supeiflaity), forbids it because 
its primary meaning is, as tho context also shows, 
useless appendages, merely for show, external ha 
biliments or decorations for appearance, and such 
ornaments are generally coBtly. 

Bat my correspondent emphasized the word 
costly, in connection with "moderately plain ,; 
clothing. While very costly plain clothing might 
be lawful in one sense, it is, nevertheless, not ex 
pedienfc. I like John Wesley's sentiment on that 
point. When denouncing superfluities in dress, 
and pride in general, he closes with this: "And 
nothing very coBtly, or glossy, or shiniDg, to at- 
tract the attention of the by-Btander." (I exuote 
from memory). Doubtless many of our sisters 
(and brethren, too) transcend the limits of the 
Gospel in U6ing very costly and gloBsy material, 
and especially when the bonnets and hoods are 
tucked and rotlled unnecessarily, and decorated 
with divers colors, merely for ornament. This 
gives the gainsayer occasion truthfully to remark, 
"She is prouder with her bonnet than I am with 
my hat," thereby destroying the design of our 
Brotherhood in recommending the bonnet, which 
is to cultivate plainness, neatness and modesty 
for ornaments on a bonnet or hood are as sinful 
as on a hat. 

Again, we are held responsible for the use we 
make of our money. "Why do you spend your 
money for that which ib not bread?" Isa. 55: 2. 
If I can buy a coat for five dollars, that answers 
my necessities just as well as a ten dollar coat, 
should I not buy bread for the needy with those 
extra five dollars? Is itnotsinfal if I were to put 
it on my back to please the eye and my own car 
nal nature? 

" God hates a proud look." Prov. 6: 17. If all 
the money that is vainly spent in this way, even 



in our wearing apparel (not mentioning our coBt- 
ly furniture, pictures, wall decorations, albums, 
photographs, etc. ), were put into the church treas- 
ury, what a blessing it would be to humanity! I 
have known ohureh beneficiaries to use the Lord's 
money for that purpose, for their darling is as 
sweet to them as the rich mother's. 

Onoe, while at a brother's house, a sister brought 
what (in tho dim light) I supposed to be the 
Bible, and sat quite near me. My heart rejoiced. 
I expected some Bible questions to be asked, and 
we would have a good time while searching the 
Scriptures, and then have family worship before 
going home, but to my utter disappointment it was 
a large album! Custom causes many of onr dear 
members to spend many dollars in that way, for 
which the Lord will hold them accountable. It 
is poor pastime to look over a lot of images of 
strangers. Remember, brethren, that pride, ex- 
travagance, and idolatry are very closely connect- 
ed with albums. That which is first in our minds 
is the object of our worship. If we think of the 
pictures or images In preference to the Bible, it 
is evident that we worship the creature more than 
the Creator, who is blessed for evermore! Amen. 

Hutchinson, Kansas. 



ROYAL CRUMBS. 



ny lit. M. EKHKMIAX. 



One of the prettiest and best caetoma I ever 
saw obtains in Southern California. Dec. 20th, 
each school child ia asked to bring either a lump 
of coal, a piece of stove wood or a potato to school 
for the poor. On the same day many parents 
and othore send sacks of tlour or other necessaries 
to the school grounds for the same purpose?. 
Great heaps of fuel and prodaoe may be seen 
there, and then the members of the " Ladies' Aid 
Society " hunt out the really needy people and 
have them Buppliod with food and fael aud cloth- 
ing as a Christmas gift. This is helping in a Bi- 
ble sense, and I think some other good-meaning, 
but not wholly unselfish people might imitate the 
citizens of Southern California, and do themselves 
no iojary in the sight oE God. 

Dec. 24 I arrived home from California and 
found my family well. My health is not near so 
good as when I left the Pacific Coast— some of 
the old troubles again appearing, for the sake 
of health I shall be obliged to change ray resi- 
dence to that land, and I trust in so doing the 
Lord may be honored. He must be oar guide — 
our wisdom in all matters. 

It is not how much the soul can enjoy in pros- 
perity, bat what it can endure in adversity that 
tests the faith and integrity of the being. 

" It is not worth while to cherish ill-will or un- 
kind feeliDgs toward p.ny one. Life is not long 
enough to waste any of it in such indulgences. If 
onr confidence has been misplaced and a friend 
has played false, it is worse for him than for us. 
Let it pass. If we have been forsaken in the 
time of need, and thereafter treated as a stranger 
by those who were glad to know us in prosperity, 
we do better not to speak of it, or allow it to make 
any difference in our conduct. No one wishes to 
hear of the trouble of others. What difference 
will it make in a few years? A few more greet- 
ings, a few more days of work and worry, a few 
more sighs and tears, and all will be forgotten. 
It is not worth our while to think ill of any one." 



In creation God shows us his hand, bat in re- 
demption God gives us his heart." 



WORK AMONG THE CHILDREN. 

BY QUANT MAHAN. 

In this field there is a great opportunity. It is 
the only true place to begin work of any kind. 
No matter what you wont to do, it is easier to eon- 
vert ohildreu, to get them interested in the work, 
than it is to influence older people to change their 
manner of living. Of course there are many old 
people who change their beliefs and their lives, 
but it would have been better for them and for 
the world if they had started right. And yet the 
number who change their lives when they have 
arrived at middle ago is not very great if it be 
compared with the number who do not change. 
As the saying is, they get into a "rut,"— that is, 
they do not look at things db they should in the 
first place, and then they go on through life with- 
out looking at thin^a as they should,— and it is 
hard for them to get out of it, for the older they 
get the deeper the rut gets; each added year takes 
away some of their power to see things in the 
right light. 

Children are more truo to their beliefs than 
older people are; they are more generous. Did 
you never see a child give away all ho had and 
then laugh at the enjoyment of the others? Such 
a thing often happens. And the child is then 
happy. Children aud young people are more en- 
thusiastic than old ones are; they throw them- 
selves iuto the work they have to do, if they real- 
ly believe in it, with more jeal, and they are not 
ao easily discouraged. 

If we consider these things we can not but take 
more interest in the efforts that are being made by 
some of our members to awaken an interest in 
missionary work among the children. The hope 
of the church is in them. They must be started 
right; they must be taught that the great idea o£ 
religion ia to help others in all possible ways, that 
the Founder of it sought nothing for himself in 
this world, that he came not to be ministered un- 
to, but to minister, aud that they are to do as 
nearly as he did as it is possible for them to do. 
If they are taught anything less than this they 
are not taught according to the teaching of the 
New Testament. What a grand work the children 
would do if they were taught to give a part of 
their money to the work I And why should they 
not be? Ib there anything that will do more good 
toothers? Is not this the highest use to which 
they can put their money? 

But what part of their pennies should they be 
taught to give? This is the important thing. 
There is no cause to think they will give too 
much. W.e are, nearly all of us, inolined the oth- 
er way. Most often we think we have done our 
duty when we have in reality done but a small 
part of it. Our conception of our duty to others 
and to the cause will not bear close inspection. 
It is not sound, and the sooner we get on the 
right road the better it will be for us. Oar fail- 
ings can be summed up in a very few words: We 
don't do enough for Christ. And here ie tlie 
trouble when we come to teach young people. 
How can we expect them to learn to do right, and 
then do it, if we do not do as we tell them to do? 
We need not expect it, for if we do we shall be 
disappointed. But what part of their pennies 
should they give? " Tell all to come prepared to 
give into the Lord's treasury at least one-tenth, or 
more, of the(ir)? pennies they would Bpend for 
Christmas pleasures." That part is good as far 
as it gops. (I do not wish to criticise.) But do 
we teach as we should when we tell them to give 
into tho Lord's treasury one-tenth, or more, of the 
amount they are to spend for pleasures? Is the 
work of the church only one-tenth as important 
as the pleasures of the children? I do not mean 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 

that we are to take the pleasure out of the lives of 
the children — that goes soon enough — but that 
they are to be taught to take pleasure in the 
things which will afford them pleasure forever. 

How can we feel that we have even tried to do 
our duty, if we do not give at least one-tenth of 
what comes to us? And if we do give a tenth, ere 
we really giving as the Lord has prospored us? 
Yet such is the command. I have never yet 
found anything in the Bible which, would author- 
ize us to lay up nearly all there is given to up. 
We are told to lay up treasures, but not here; not 
those we must soon leave, without knowing to 
what Use they will be put; but over there, " where 
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where 
thieves do not break through nor steal;" over 
there, where they will be ours forever. And if it 
is good to have treasure over there, the more of it 
we can have there the better; and if it is not good 
to have it here, the less we have of it here the 
better. And if the main object of life is to live 
for the next world, the children can not begin 
their living for it any too early in life. 
Ann Arbor, Mich. 



MIDNIGHT MUSINGS. 



BY SARAH M. SAUNDERS. 



The Psalmist David sayB, " Blessed is the man 
that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, 
nor standeth in the way of Binners, nor sitteth in 
the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the 
law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate 
day and night." Pa. 1: 1, 2. In this Scripture 
three negatives are mentioned, — " walketh not in 
the counsel of the ungodly, standeth not in the 
way of sinners, and sitteth not in the seat of the 
scornful." A blessing is also pronounced upon 
the man who keeps himself aloof from the charac- 
ters here referred to, and who makes his delight 
in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he 
meditate day and night. Even down to the pres- 
ent era of time, those who make the Scripture 
their study, find it a source of comfort and joy, not 
to b9 found anywhere else. The troubled soul 
will find peace, the weary soul will find rest, the 
hungry soul will find food and drink to nourish 
and cherish it, and give strength to bear the trials 
and temptations of this life, thus furnishing the 
mind with thoughts and meditations for the mid- 
night hour. How often the slumbers of the night 
are suddenly broken, without any apparent cause, 
and a flood of thoughts comes like a wave of the 
Bea over the soul I Sometimes it is a sense of our 
own imperfection and God's mercy toward ue. 
Again we muse on God's unlimited power and 
wondrous works. Again we pour out our eoul in 
silent prayer to him who knoweth the very secrets 
of our hearts, even when our poor hearts are too 
full for utteranoe and we make our wants and de- 
sires and supplications known through sighs, tears 
and groans, which can not be uttered. Such med- 
itations are always refreshing to the poor pilgrim, 
and he can, in deepest humility, call upon God in 
the words of the poet, 

" O thou in whose presence my soul takes delight; 
My comfort by day, and my song in the night, 
On whom in afflictions I call." 

ABSALOM'S MONUMENT. 

BX WEALTHY A. BURKHOLDER. 

The biographies of persons who have been 
prominent in church or Btate are always read with 
interest. Men, however, in writing the record of 
the lives of other men and women, always omit 
the mistakes such persons may have made, and 
speak only of their virtues and heroism. 



Jan. 14, 1890. 

Not so with the Divine Writer. He writes a 
4rue biography. Some of the Bible characters 
form a narrative that shows more good than evil, 
— the good overbalances all the evil. Not so with 
Absalom, From the time he first appears upon 
the scene, we find him revengeful, cruel and dis- 
obedient. The picture is a dark one, and shows 
clearly the ingratitude of a disobedient child. 

We are told that Absalom was beautiful to look 
upon. He was the finest specimen of manhood 
(physically) in all Israel. He was also the son of 
a King, therefore belonged to the royal family, 
and, no doubt, took pride in being bo highly hon- 
ored. He was, what we term, a fast young man. 
He indulged freely in the evils around him, and 
failed to build up a character that would be a good 
example to others, 

Absalom started wrong. Instead of following 
the counsels of his pious father, he turned away 
from him and deceived him. He was treacherous. 
David was greatly concerned for his erring boy, 
and every indication he would give ot leading a 
better life was watched closely; hence, when he 
told his father he had vowed unto the Lord in 
Hebron that he would serve him, he said unto 
him, " Go in peace." 

David believed him. He did not suspect that 
he was telling a falsehood, but so it proved. He 
went to Hebron to plan more mischief against 
his parent, who had so affectionately borne with 
him in his evil cause. David was kiDg, but Absa- 
lom wanted to supplant him and to this end he 
labored, UBing every false method to accomplish 
his purpose. By unjust means he stole the hearts 
of the people from his father, intimating that jus- 
tice was not done them. 

David had pity and compassion for his wicked 
eon, even when the contending armies were drawn 
up in battle array. He said to his ' men, " Deal 
gently, for my sake, with the young man, — even 
with Absalom." And when the sad news was 
broken to him that his erring child was dead, his 
great heart was deeply moved. True, he was king, 
but he was father, too, and in this relation he 
stands on this occasion, more prominent. With 
a broken heart he took up the sad lamentation, 
"O my son, my son Absalom! Would to God I 
bad died for thee! Oh, Absalom, my son, my 
son!" 

Bat what or Absalom's monument? Wishing to 
be remembered when he was gone, he had a pil- 
lar or monument erected in the king's dale, where 
he expected his body would be laid. As he was 
fond of display, and tried to attract the attention 
of the people to himself, this pillar was, no doubt, 
imposing and conspicuous, and would show that a 
great personage rested there. But not so. He 
did not even die a natural death. His head was 
caught in a limb and the work of destruction was 
completed by his enemies. His body was thrown 
into a pit and stones piled upon him. 

Thus ended the life of poor, erring Absalom! 
The monument he erected has been handed down 
through the ages and we look upon it and think 
how different it might have been! He made his 
own record, and it has been recorded for our bene- 
fit. It is a true sketch, and such we are all writ- 
ing to-day. We, too, are building monuments 
that will endure longer than marble, and what is 
written thereon will be read by those who follow 
us, either with pleasure or pain. Time will not 
erase the blots and scars and crooked lines; they 
will appear against us. 

Do we eay Absalom was foolish? Having the 
3 he had, he might have been a power 
for good. But there are mauy_ Abealoms in the 
world, and there ever will be. The teachings of 
pious parents are often unheeded, and the result 
is shipwreck of character. Is the young man Ab- 
salom safe? — was David's pathetic inquiry, and 



Jan. U, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



the eame question is important now. Are the 
young men and women safe? There are many in- 
ducements to evil around them, to draw them into 
the current, and what are we doing to help them 
avoid these dangers? In no better way can we 
build for ourselves monuments that will endure, 
than by leading the erring into the narrow way. 
Show them a better way of living, that in turn 
they may bless mankind. 
Fatmetlsburgh, Pa. 

MUSINGS BY THE WAY. 

BY FANNY MORROW. 

How beautiful the thought of the triumph which 
the spiritual mind has over the natural! The 
Soriptures teach that the unconverted or carnal 
mind is at enmity with God, is not Bubject to his 
law, neither, indeed, oan be. But when man 
onoe feels the utter helplessness of the natural, 
feels the necessity of salvawon by Christ, and 
gives up to be led by the Spirit into all truth, his 
mind is renewed by grace and he can be subjeot 
to all that God requires. Then the spiritual tri- 
umphs over the natural and the will of man is 
brought into complete harmony with the will of 
God. Then, indeed, is heavenly joy begun below. 
Then praise flows from the lips as naturally as 
water flows from a fountain. 

One grand instance of the triumph of the spir- 
itual over the natural is given in Acts 16: 25, 
where, at midnight, Paul and Silas prayed and 
sang praises unto God. The natural mind would 
have complained and whimpered for Bleep, but the 
spiritual triumphed and rejoiced aloud. They 
had simply obeyed Christ's commands and taught 
men bo to do. for this they were beaten with 
many stripes and cast into prison. The keeper 
of the prison was charged to keep them safely, so 
their feet were made fast in the stocks. In this 
uncomfortable position, at the dark and lonely 
hour of midnight, they sang praises unto God. 

God's ohildren are not now beaten or impris- 
oned for their faith and obedience; but the pow- 
ers of evil are often permitted to hurt them in 
some way or other. Troubles arise which bring 
them hours of midnight darknesB. Peter said, 
" Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fie- 
ry trial which Cometh upon you to prove you,; as 
though a strange thing happened unto you; but 
inasmuch, as ye are partakers of Christ's suffer- 
ings, rejoice, that at the revelation of his glory, 
also ye may rejoioe with exceeding joy." 

" If ye are reproached for the name of Christ, 
blessed are ye." Why? Because " the spirit of 
glory and the spirit of God resteth upon you." 
O what compassion we should feel for those whose 
eyes are blinded by the God of this world! They 
will not come and taste and see that the Lord is 
good. They miss so much of true enjoyment in 
this life, and O, the dark eternity! 



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THE LORDS OWN. 



BY GERTRUDE A. FLORY. 



When eouls are gathered into the churob, we 
rejoice with great joy, though it is but a transient 
home for the Lord's chosen, and its inmates are 
subjeot always to dark temptations and heavy 
oroeses; and many of them are snared by Satan's 
traps. When the Lord removes one of the num- 
ber, and takes him to the eternal home, where 
temptation, sin and death can never enter, we 
weep, and say, '• We have suffered loss." Could 
we but lift the veil that hides that fadeless home 



which the Lord haB arrayed them, we would say, 
" Behold, what the Lord hath done for us! " No 
toil, nor pain, nor grief, nor sin, nor siokness, nor 
death any more for them! Who oan estimate the 
vast estate to which they have beoome'heirs? We 
call them "ours," and, yet, we all beloiig to God. 
May he not do what ho pleases with his own? Is 
not the farmer counted wise for gathering in the 
ripe grain in due season? And shall the Lord 
exercise less wisdom than man ? He being all-wise 
knoweth best when the grain is ready for the 
heavenly garner. 

Nov. 30, 1889, he found Wm. O. Noffsiuger 
ready to be gathered in, at the early age of twenty- 
two years and five months. He left us, in the tri- 
umph of a living faith, to enter the promised rest, 
having been a member of the church for over 
eight years. Funeral services were held Deo. 4, 
in the South Poplar Eidge churob, Ohio. Ser- 
mon by Eld. Jacob Kintner, assisted by Bro. Si- 
mon Long, from 1 Cor. 6: 19, 20. Only one broth- 
er and one sister of the deoeased are left of a large 
family. 

In the beginning of the year 1881, "Willie," by 
his own choice, became my husband's ward, and 
an inmate of our home. He remained in our fam- 
ily as a son, till we moved to onr present home. 
Here he spent two weeks, then left us to return to 
the old home, to start in life for himself. Wo 
kissed bim " good-bye," then watched him out of 
Bight with streaming eyes, whilo fearful doubts 
quivered in our hearts, lest his Bunny face and 
smile should never again brighten our abode. Time 
has proved those fears were not mere fanoy. Six 
weeks before his departure from earth, he (old me, 
while on a visit to my dying brother, of his pros- 
pective marriage with a noble young sister. His 
beaming face expressed far more than his words, 
the joy he was anticipating for the near future. 
Alas for mortal hopes! Death's dark Bhadow 
came between them, shutting ont the light for her, 
but sweeping in a glorious flood of day for him. 
" Our boy " and betrothed we oherished as our 
OWN, forgetful that he was the Lord's. In on: 
hearts is a void his presence filled; and a shadow 
lies where his sunny smile once rested. Yet, 
have more cause for rejoicing than weeping. For 
those who are in Jesus, 

" There is no death ; but angel forni6 

Walk o'er the earth with silent tread; 
They bear our best loved things Away, 
And then we call thein ' dead.' " 
" There is no death ; the stars go down 
To rise upon some fairer shore, 
And bright In heaven's jeweled crown 
They shln< 

La Porte, Ind., Dec, 11. 



EVENING THOUGHTS. 
BY J. B. MOATS. 

This evening, as I am thinking over what I have 
seen and heard duriog the day, 1 am perplexed 
and saddened. 

Iu the fii'Bt place, I am in Chicago, — the wioked 
oity. At the time of this writing the Brethren 
have no church or Sunday-school, owing to the 
fact that the building is undergoing repairs. The 
afternoon being so pleasant, I went out on a long 
stroll. I thought of the many brethren and sisters 
who had the pleasure of attending church to-day. 
As this evening draws upon them, should they not 
feel that they have received a blessing? 

While there are many of us who had not the 

privilege of attending church for various reasons, 

brethren, should feel that we have, in just 

as true a sense of the word, received a blessing, if 



' Meboy is not mere lenity toward offenders, bat 
the gcod-will which is the fulfilling of the law. 
This is the quality with which justice must al- 
ways be tempered. So far as conduot goes, the 
of bliss from this transitory abode of countless we feel that we are keeping that faith that was man in whose heart this good will rules, and in 
woes, and view our loved ones in the glory in | once delivered unto the saints. In faot" we are | whose life it finds expression, is blameless." 



living, each moment of our lives, only through the 
blessings of God. 

While it is our duty to think of these things and 
meditate on them, there are thousands of people 
in this big city that have been reveling in sin and 
crime, and many are the unpleasant sights that 
oomo before our eyes. Still we should hive sym- 
pathy for all mankind, and especially for those 
who have no respect for themselves. My feelings 
go out toward the little boys and girls that are 
half-olad, and whose condition is indicated by that 
peculiarly pinched and hungry expression. They 
are young aud innocent, and their little souls are 
as preoioue in the sight of God as that of the best 
mau. Then, again, there are histories oonnected 
with their lives as they struggle for maintenance 
by selliug daily popers, thining Bhoes, or, — as I 
saw one young girl, — gathering cigar stubs. Of 
these things she had about a peck which, undoubt- 
edly, in the course of time, will be remauufaotured 
iuto cigars. 

One cool night, about ten o'clock, I saw a little 
girl, about seven years old, half clad, with a bundle 
of papers under her arm, addressing me with the 
familiar, "News, Sir?" Ahl I can hear that 
tender voice to-night. It rings in my ears and 
will not be still! How pathetic and imploring, 
how beseeching her look as she stood shivering 
in the coldl I have sinoa thought, — should she 
die now, while young aud innocent, she would be 
received by the arms of the Savior, for he loves 
little children. Should she bo spare.!, she might 
grow up, possibly like the woman I saw to-day, 
dancing and singing— full of new wine. Ah, too 
many in this great city may have to cross the 
threshold of that cave over which Daute saw in 
large letters, — " All hope abandon, yo who euter 
here." 

It would be impossible to write of all that is 
unpleasant; but when we are full of gUduesa and 
are appreciating thu blessings that come from the 
Giver of all good, wo must remember tho pnor. 
Could we know the miserable hibtory of some of 
those little ones I have mentioned, we would no 
doubt have our sympathies aroused to their fullest 
extent. 

On the busy streets of Chicago, the expressions 
and features of the many paople are a study, and, 
indeed, as Longfellow intimated in his poem of 
the " Bridge," each one bears his burden of sor- 
row. This life is full of pain aud sorrow, — we all 
have our share of it, and will continue to have 
until we pass " within the gates ajar." Sad to say 
that in much of this sorrow — 



inhumanity t 



and. 



" Don't trouble yourself about the next thing 
you are to do. No man can do the second thing. 
He can do the first. If he omits it, the wheels of 
the social Juggernaut roll over him and leave him, 
more or less oruehed, behind. If he does it, he 
keeps in front, and finds room to do the next 
again; and so he is sure lo arrive at something, 
for tho onward march will carry him with it. 
There is no sayiDg to what perfection of success a 
man may come who begins with what he can do, 
and uses the means at hie hand. He makes a 
vortex of action, however slight, toward which all 
the means instantly begin to gravitate. Let a 
man but lay hold of something — anything, and he 
is on the high road to success, though it may b9 
very long before he oan walk comfortably in it. 



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THE GOSPEL MEB8ENGEB. 



Jan. 14, 1890. 



The Gospel Messenger, 

A Weekly at $1.50 per Annum, 

The Brethren's Publishing Co. 



Bro. Jacob Ktntneb has changed his address 
to Moats, Defiance Co., Ohio. 



D. L. MILLER, - Office Editor. 

J! G. Royer? UGH ' \ ' ' • Associate Editors. 

JOS. AMICK, - - Business Manager. 

R. H. Miller, S. S. Mohler, Daniel Hay(. 



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attempt to Interline, or to put on one page what ought to occu- 
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(gg~Do not mix business will) articles for publication. Keep 
your communications on separate sheets from all business. 

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business and to answer questions of Importance, but please do 
not subject us lo necdli>s answeriny of letters, 

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reach the person to whom il is addressed. If you do not get 
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as well as your future address in full, 60 as to avoid delay 
and misunderstanding. 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 

Is the recognized organ of the German Baptist or Breth- 
ren's church, and advocates the form of doctrine taught in 
the New Testament and pleads for a return to apostolic and 
primitive Christianity. 

It recognizes the New Testament as the only infallible rule 
of faith and practice, and maintains that Faith toward God, 
Repentance from dead works, Regeneration of the heart and 
mind, baptism by Trine Immersion for remission of sins unto 
the reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, 
are the means of adoption into the household of God,— the 
church militant. 

It also maintains that Feet-washfng, as taught in John 13, 
both by example and command of Jesuf, should be observed 
In the church. 

That the Lord's Supper, instituted by Christ and as univer- 
sally observed by the apostles and the early Christians, is a 
full meal, and, in connection with the Communion, should 
be taken in the evening or after the close of the day. 

That the Salutation of the Holy Kiss, or Kiss of Charity, 
Is binding upon the followers of Christ. 

That War and Retaliation are contrary to the spirit and 
self-denying principles of the religion of Jesus Christ. 

That the principle of Plain Dressing and of Non-conform- 
ity to the world, as taught in the New Testament, should be 
observed by the followers of Christ. 

That the Scriptural duty of Anointing the Sick with Oil, 
in the Name of the Lord, James 5: 14,1s binding upon all 
Christians. 

It also advocates the church's duty to support Missionary 
and Tract Work, thus giving to the Lord for the spread of 
the Gospel and for the conversion of sinners. 

In short, it is a vindicator of all that Christ and the apos- 
tles have enjoined upon us, and alms, amid the conflicting 
theories and discords of modern Christendom, to point out 
ground that all must concede lo be infallibly safe. 



Mount Morris, 111., 



Jan. 14, 1890. 



Bbo. David Brower's address is now Myrtle 
Point, Coos County, Oregon. 



Bbo. Henry M. Sherfy's address is changed to 
Bowmantown, Washington Co., Tens. 



"Seek only to be true, and yon will hear truth 
spenking from heaven, and from tho earth, and 
in your own being. Every one that is of the 
truth heareth her divine voice." 



The Gospel Messenger goes regularly to a 
subscriber in the City of London, England. 



Bro. Samuel Click, 01 Nevada, Mo., will visit 
among some of the churches in Northern Illinois 
during the winter months. His address until 
March Ut will be Forreston, ID. 



Bbo. D. F. Eby and wife, of Mount Vernon, III, 
have recently visited in the vicinity of the Spring- 
field church, Summit Co,, Ohio. Bro. Eby and 
Bro. Noah Longanecker preached for the Breth- 
ren at Springfield during the last days of the old 
year, so reports Bro. Jacob Mishler. 



Bbo. J. S. Boot says they expected to begin a 
series of meetings at Myrtle Point, Oregon, on 
Jan. 3rd. We hope the Brethren in far-away Ore- 
gon are having .successful meetings. 



''One secret act of self-denial, one sacrifice of 
inclination to duty, is worth all the mere good 
thoughts, worm feelings, passionate prayers, in 
which idle people indulge themselves." 



Bro. Jas. H. Gbaham, of Downington, Meigs 
Co., Ohio, reports a love-fesst held Dec. 12. 
Brethren Jonas Horning and D. M. Garver were 
with them and they had an enjoyable meeting. 



"The Bible and nature, these two great vol- 
umes, are God's upper and nether mill stones be- 
tween which all false theories in both science and 
theology are doomed to b3 ground to powder." 

We expect to give more attention to our Quer- 
ist Department this year than we did last. A 
large number of queries have accumulated and we 
Bhall answer them now as soon as possible. 

Some of our correspondents, in sending in mar- 
riage notices, append to them an account of the 
wedding, and the number of guests, with other 
particulars. We can not find space for lengthy 
notices of this kind. Please don't send them in. 



The Brethren at Sterling, 111,, have rented a 
place for holding meetings and are much encour- 
aged in their work. Much interest is taken in 
the meetings and it is hoped that much good may 
be accomplished in the growing city of Sterling. 



Feom a notice in the daily papers we learn of 
the burning of the Brethren's school-building at 
Bridgewater, Va. We have no particulars from 
any of the Brethren of Bridgewater, and we are 
hopeful that the report which has reached us may 
not be correct. 

Some one from Indiana sent fifty cents interest 
on missionary endowment note and failed to give 
poBt-ofiice or name. The one who sent it did not 
get a receipt in return and by this means the Mis- 
sionary Treasurer hopes to find out who sent the 
money. Write him at once. 



Bbo. R. H. Miller was taken suddenly sick dur- 
ing the last week of December. In a letter, just 
received, sister Miller says that he will be com- 
pelled to take medicine and rest for the next 
month. We expected him to be with us and were 
much disappointed. We hope the Lord will re- 
store him to health and give him many years of 
usefulness to the churoh. 



Bro. Wm. Mohler, of Warreneburg, Mo., in- 
forms us that it is thought, that, with good weath- 
er, the grading for the Electric Railroad from 
Warrensburg to Pertle Springs, the place where 
our next Annual Meeting is to be held, will bo 
completed in a few weeks. The Electric Light 
plant is being put in and it is hoped all will be in 
readiness before the time for the Meeting. 



Bbo. D. E. Pbice informs us by postal card that, 
after laboring four daye, a decision was reached in 
the difficulty that has been troubling the church at 
Moscow, Idaho Ty., and that the work of the Com- 
mittee was unanimously accepted by the church, 
and that the prospects now are that a brighter day 
is in store for the church in Idaho. Bro. Price 
goes to Oregon about Feb. 1, and will return to 
his home about April I. His address, until fur- 
ther notice, will be Medical Lake, Washington. 



Bro. Geo. Hossaok, of Leask Dale, Ontario, 
Canada, writes about the necessity of having mis- 
sion work done in Canada, The General Mission- 
ary Committee has deoided to locate a brother in 
Canada as soon as it is possible to find the right 
man for the place, who is willing to go and labor 
in that field, not for a few weeks or months, but 
for yoars, as did Paul at Ephesus. A brother, 
able to defend the Truth, faithful to the cause of 
Christ, ready to go and stay, will find in Canada 
an ample field to labor in. 



Bro. J. C. Lahman, writing from Medical Lake, 
Washington, under date of Dec. 16th, says: "Yes- 
terday my appointment was at Mondovi, twenty- 
five miles north-west of this place where Bro. 
Samuel Forney lives, a son of Bro, John Forney, 
of Abilene, Kans. Next Sunday it will be at Spo- 
kane Falls, twenty miles east. I shall go to Mos- 
cow on Monday to meet the Committee on Church 
Work. Wife and myself are well." It will be 
seen by the above that mission work on the fron- 
tier is loorh May God bless our faithful breth- 
ren who are thus sacrificing for the cause of 
Christ! ______^_ ^ 

We do not often publish recipes for the cure 
of diseases, but the following, taken from the Sci- 
entific American, is so simple that we give it to 
our readers. The character of the paper, from 
which it is taken, gives it some value: "The fol- 
lowing remedy is said to be the best known for 
the cure of diphtheria, at least it is worth trying, 
for physicians seem powerless to cope with the 
disease successfully. At the first indication of 
diphtheria in the throat of a child, make the room 
close; then take a tin cup and pour into it a quan- 
tity of tar and turpentine, equal parts. Then hold 
the cup over a fire so as to fill the room with 
fumes. The little patient, on inhaling the fumes, 
will cough up and spit out all the membraneous 
matter, and the diphtheria will pass off. The 
fumes of the tar and turpentine loosen the matter 
in the throat and thus afford the relief that has 
baffled the skill of physicians." 



THE ELKHART VALLEY CHURCH, IND. 

We had the pleasure, during our Holiday vaca- 
tion, of visiting the above-named church, four and 
one-half miles south-east of the flourishing oity 
of Elkhart, Ind. Here we spent seven days and 
enjoyed a number of meetings with the brethren 
and sisters, and we felt that it was good for us 
we had been permitted thus to meet and as- 
sociate with our Brethren of the Elkhart Valley 
church. 

Eld. Daniel Riggel, of the Goshen church, is in 
charge of the congregation at Elkhart Valley. In 
this work he is ably assisted by Bro. Joseph E. 
Culp and Bro. Jones and another brother whose 



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Dame we did not get down in our notes. The 
membership is about one hundred and the church, 
go far as we could learn, is in good workiog order. 
Here the Congregational brethren withdrew from 
the church a number of years ago, and here Dav- 
id T. Miller and HarrisoD Rule labored and final- 
ly withdrew from the church and united with the 
Old Order Brethren. Taking theee defections 
from the church and the troubles consequent up- 
on them, the Elkhart Valley church has passed 
through many iriala. "We are glad to believe that 
there is in store for her brighter and more pros- 
perous days. May the Lord bleES her and make 
her as a city set upon a hill. 

We were kindly received by the Brethren, and 
although we knew only Bro. Culp personally, we 
did not feel that we were among strangers. "We 
left them with a determination on their part to 
continue the meetings, — the home ministers hav- 
ing expressed a willingness, upon the request of 
the church, to do the preaching. May their work 
be blessed of the Lordl "We give expressions of 
thankfulness to the brethren and sisters of the 
Elkhart Valley church, for their kindness mani- 
fested to us during our short stay with them. 



A GOOD PLAN. 



The Eock River church, Lee Co., 111., has adopt- 
ed an excellent plan for securing the Gospel Mes- 
senger for those who are not able to pay for it 
themselves. They raised a fund of thirty dollars 
and placed it in the hands of the Messenger 
agent, Bro. W. A. Moore, of Franklin Grove, who 
sent in nineteen names at $1.00 ( we invariably fur- 
nish the Messenger at S1.00 per year in all cases 
of this kind), and then forwarded the balance, 
eleven dollars, to this office, with instructions to 
use it in sending the paper to those who are not 
able to pay for it. We believe our churches, gen- 
erally, might adopt this plan with advantage to 
the cause. 

"We have on our list, so our Business Manager 
informs us, over 2,000 names for which we do not 
receive any pay, and we are adding to this list 
constantly the names of those who say they would 
like to have the paper and are not able to pay for 
it. We have never refused a worthy application 
of this kind and shall not do so as long as we are 
able to furnish the paper. "We do not refer to 
this for the purpose of making public what we 
are trying to do in this matter, but because we 
want to set the matter before our readers just as 
it is, and to Bhow what the Rock River church has 
been willing to do in helping to bear the burden. 
Individual members have also assisted in the 
work so that we have not stood alone. To those 
who have thus contributed, we return thanks and 
we know that the Lord will bless them, for giving 
to the poor is lending to the Lord. 

Let no one conclude that when a dollar is given 
to send the paper to some worthy poor man or 
woman that a donation is being made to the Pub- 
lishing Company. Such is not the case. It 
would be impossible to publish the Messenger at 
the rate of $1.00 per copy without an annual loss 
to the publisher, and when the paper is sent out 
for that amount, the publishers do not receive full 
value for it, but they have adopted the $1.00 rate for 
all who are actually poor, and where the paper is 
donated to those who are not members of our Fra- 
ternity. In some cases this offer has been used to 
our disadvantage, but we are glad to know that but 
few cases of this kind have occurred, and where 



they have, we are disposed to look upon them as 
misunderstandings rather than an intentional de- 
sign on the part of those, who are able to pay for 
the paper, to get it at $1.00 per year. 

"We do not here make an appeal for help for 
ourselves, but we do aek our Brethren, generally, 
to look after the poor and see that the isolated 
members who are not able to pay for the paper, 
and who would like to have it, are supplied with 
it. We prefer to have those who donate for this 
purpose to send names with their donations, but if 
they do not know of aDy poor, the money may be 
sent and it will be used as above indicated. 



THE MARRIAGE CUSTOMS OF THE BIBLE, 

The question is asked concerning the marriage 
customs of the Bible, — how the ceremony was 
performed, and as to the part taken in the negotia- 
tions, preceding the wedding, by the bride or the 
groom. The customs of the Bible, so far as they 
relate to marriage, are to be considered in a gen- 
eral rather than in a particular way. The Bible 
History covers a long period of time and some 
change of custom, and, as a result, we must look 
for some differences in the important matter of 
marriage. 

The general custom prevailed of parents con- 
ducting the negotiations for the young people. 
Marriage was entered into at a very early age and 
the bride and groom were considered as children, 
the parents acting for them and settling all ques- 
tions as to dowry, presents, etc., etc. When the 
bridegroom was older, he sometimes entered into 
negotiations with the father of the damsel he 
wished to take to wife, as in the case of Jacob who 
entered into a contract to serve seven years for 
his beloved wife, Rachel. As a rule, the proposal 
of marriage came from the family of the bride, 
groom, but there are a few exceptions to the rult 
recorded, the most important being the case of 
Moses when he "fled from the face of Pharaoh 
and dwelt in the land of Midian." Jethro took pity 
upon the desolate stranger, invited him into his 
home and gave him Zipporah, one of his daugh- 
ters, to wife. Ex. 2: 21. In selecting a wife for 
Isaac, who was at that time thirty years old, the 
matter was placed entirely in the hands of a trust- 
worthy servant, who was sent to Abraham's own 
native laud, to select a wifo for his master's son. 
The negotiations were conducted entirely in the 
absence of the young woman, but after the matter 
had been disoussed, and the consent of Bethuel 
and Wahor had been obtained and the present giv- 
en, then came the question of departure, and in 
this matter Rebekah was consulted; "And they 
said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her 
mouth. And they called Rebekah and said unto 
her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I 
will go." 

From this and other references in the Bible we 
may properly infer that the duty of selecting a 
wife was sometimes committed to a mutual friend. 
When the bride had been choseD, then followed 
the espousal or betrothal, a contract made with 
great solemnity and accompanied with presents 
to the bride, according to the wealth of the bride- 
groom. The dowry came not with the bride, It 
was given to or for her. It might consist of jew- 
els, money, change of raiment, lands, flocks, or 
even labor, as Jacob became herdsman to Laban, 
and Moses probably to Jethro. The contract for- 
mally agreed upon, a feast was held, at which 
there was rejoicing upon the happy termination 



of the negotiations. After the betrothal, the pros- 
pective pair held commuoication with each other 
only through the "friend of the bridegroom." 
This important personage was usnally the nearest 
friend of the bridegroom, and upon him devolved 
many delicate duties until the young couple were 
finally united. It was this exalted position that 
John the Baptist sustained in relation to Christ 
as preparing the way for the Heavenly Bride- 
groom to take possession of his bride, the church, 
"but the friend of the bridegroom, which stand- 
eth and heareth him, rejoioeth greatly because of 
the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is 
fulfilled." John 3: 29. Paul represents himself 
in the same way when writing to the Corinthians, 
"For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy: 
for I have espoused you to one husband, that I 
may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." 2 
Cor. 11: 2. 

Sometimes, ns in the case of Rebekah, there 
was an interval of ton days claimed between the 
betrothal and the departure for the home of the 
bridegroom. " And her brother and her mother 
said, Let the damsel abido with us a few days, at 
the least ten; after that she shall go." Gen. 24: 
55. In later Bible times this period was some- 
what longer, often as much as a year elapsing be- 
tween the espousal and the formal union. 

When the time was finally appointed for the 
wedding, a feast was prepared and guests were in- 
vited and when the day was fully come, messen- 
gers were sent out to notify all those who were 
bidden to the marriage feast. " A certain king, 
which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth 
his servants to call them that were bidden to the 
wedding." Matt. 22: 2, 3. It was the custom with 
people of distinction to furnish the guests with 
wedding garments. This involved no trouble, as 
the robe was simply an outer cloak. To rejeot or 
neglect to wear the robe furnished, was a flagrant 
insult to the host. Christ refers to this custom in 
his parable in which the king came to see his 
guests and "saw there a man which had uot on a 
weddiDg garment." Matt. 22: 11. 

The chiof point in the wedding was the removal 
of the bride from her ancestral homo to the home 
of her husband or her husband's father. The 
hour having arrived, generally late in the evening, 
when the bridegroom was to go to the home of 
the bride and bring her to his own home, he sets 
out, attended by his friends. The procession, after 
reaching the bride's home, where all is in readi- 
ness, escort her to her new home, When the 
bridegroom returns, the procession, with torches 
or lamps in their hands, enter with him to the cel- 
ebration of the marriage feast. See the parable 
of the wise and foolish virgins. During the en- 
tire festivities, the bride was closely veiled and 
this custom made it possible for Laban to deceive 
Jacob. Gen. 29. 

There is no mention of any ceremony iu the 
marriages of the early Jewish people. The es- 
pousal or betrothal and the simple removal of the 
bride from the protection of her father's house, 
constituted a public acknowledgment of the mar- 
ried relation. The benediction and cup of bless- 
ing used both at the betrothal and marriage in 
later times by the Rabbis, was introduced at a late 
period among the Jews. The marriage customs 
were simple and were conducted with a due re- 
gard to propriety. Some of the most beautiful 
lessons in the New Testament are drawn from the 
marriage customs of the time when the Great 
Teacher lived and labored for humanity. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 14, 




Organization of Missionary Committee. 



Daniel Vaniman, ] 
D. L. MILLER, Secrel 
G. B. Rover, Assist 



Vlrden, III. 
Mt. Morris, 111. 
Mt. Morris, III. 



Organization of Book and Tract Work. 



9. W. Hoover, Foreman, 
S. Bock, Secretary and Trea: 



Daylon, Ohio. 
Dayton, Ohio. 



Eg- All donations intended for Missionary Work should be 
•cut to D. L. Miller, Mt. Morris, 111. 

85J-A11 money for Tract Work should be sent to S. Bock, 
Daylon, Ohio. 

tjg- Money may be sent by Money Order, Registered Let- 
ter, or Drafts on New York or Chicago. Do not send person- 
al checks, or drafts on Interior towns, as it costs 25 cents to 
collect them. 

fg- Solicitors are requested to faithfully carry out the plan 
of Annual Meeting, that all our members be solicited to con- 
tribute al least twice a year for the Mission and Tract Work of 
Hie Church. 

Eg" Notes for the Endowment Fund can be had by writing 
to the Secretary of cither Work. 

EVIDENCES OF THE TRUE CHURCH. 



BY .1, S. MOHLElt. 



Tbo strength of the law rests upon its strict ob- 
servance in nil points,— its benefits rest npon the 
same ground. The Gospel, t) be effectual inns, 
reels on the R»m» foundation. It is only when 
the Gospel is fully obeyed that we can realize its 
1 ffica.M , appropriateness, and spiritual excellency; 
hencs no one should allow hiojBelf to be satisfied, 
short of full obedience to the Gospel. Rather let 
him enquire into the way of tbo Lord more fully 
each day, and, r * additional light is afforded him, 
let I irn walk in it until he arrives at the full-glow- 
ing light of Gospel truth. " Search the Scriptures 
for therein je think ye have eternal life, and they 
are they that testify of mo." John 5: 39. 



NOTES FROM THE WATCHMAN. 



In looking over the vast field unoccupied by 
our Christian workers, the question arises as to 
how we can best combine our foreeB so as to meet 
the demand made by Jesus in Matt. 22: 9. 

A few days ago, whilo visiting one of our large 
cities, it wns our privilege to speak to some of 
our non-professors on the subject of Jesus. We 
were informed that while they have lived in the 
city for years, they had never been inside of a 
meeting-house. Further iuquiry developed the 
faot that they had not been inviied. There are 
thousands of men and women who are stanc 
on just such ground to-day, and the churches of 
Jesus are alone responsible for such utter neglect. 

Not invited! "How shall they hear without 
a preacher and how shall they preach except they 
be sent." Rom. 10: 14, 15. There are multitudes 
in every city who spend their evenings in thea- 
ters, grog-shops, gambling dens, etc. These muBt 



Partial Obedience— Number Thirteen. 
To many persons obedience to the Gospel does 1 ^ e reached, and we must look about for a remedy. 

The minister of the Gospel is not alone reBponsi 



not convey a full and clear outline of Christian 
duty, so necessary to u full assurance of eternal 
life. 

With most persons obedience only means com- 
pliance with a few of the elementary precepts of 
the Gospel, while other parts of the Gospel, that 
have received the authority of the Savior as com- 
mands, are entirely set aside, as being unessential. 
The last words of the Savior, just before his as- 
cension, were, "Teaching them to observe all 
ihings whatsoever I have commanded you." Matt. 
28: 20. We ought to oonsider that Jesus spake 
as never ihbii spake, and that his words are more 
abiding than heaven and earth, and that one word 
of his will outweigh the world. 

If a person kept all the commands of the Sav- 
ior but one, and would willfully and persistently 
dtst.bey ih t oue comrnaud, he would become 
guilty of a viulatiou of the whole Christian system 
in point of principle, and he could not. io the very 
nature u£ thing*, inherit eternal life. 

The apostl-J Peter had kept all the commands 
of lli.i Savior until Christ practiced andcoincoand- 
ed feet-washing. When Peter refused obetii-nc?, 
Christ plainly told him tne result, i e, " If I wash 
thee not, thou hast no [.art with me." John 13: 8 
Here we have the case of partial obedience 
tested. Just as sure as there is any truth iu the 
words of our Savior,— just so sure Peter would 
have lost all part in Christ had he oontinued diso- 
bedient. 

James testifies to the same point where he says, 
" For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet 
offend in oue point, he is guilty of all." Jas. 2: 
10. The truth is, that whoever willfully disobeys 
in one point, either iu law or Gospel, strikes at a 
principle, which, if allowed to have its course, 
will eveutually destroy both law and Gospel, and 



1. Because the Book and Tract Work,— the part 
now belonging to the Brotherhood, — needs better 
facilities for publishing, storing and distributing 
books nnd traots. 

2. Because that pirt of the Brethren's publish- 
ing interests, now belonging to the Brethren's 
Publishing Company, can, at this time, be secured 
by the Brotherhood at n fair price, the present 
owners believing it would ba better, and in every 
way safer for the Brotherhood to own and control 
her own publications, than to allow them to re- 
main as individual enterprises, not knowing into 
whose hands they may fall. Having the building 
up of the church and the advancement of the 
Truth in view, they are not only willing but rather 
anxious that these interests should, nt this time, 
pass into the hands of our Brotherhood at a price 
to be determined by the parties agreed upon by 
themselves and Annual Meeting, thus affording an 
opportunity to secure all the Brethren's publish- 
ing interests, never before offered, and whioh may 
not occur again in a lifetime, — perhaps never. 

3. Because, bringing all under one manage- 
ment would cut down expenses and increase prof- 
its, all of which profits can be used to forward 
the great work of the church,— seventy-five per 
cent of the profits going to the General Church 
Erection and Missionary Work, and twenty-five 
per cent to the Book and Tract Department. 

i Because, in case our publishing interests are 
owned and controlled by our Brotherhood, they 
would Becure a greater degree of confidence, thus 
increasing the circulation of our publications and, 
therefore, accomplishing more good. 

5. Because the power of the press is the great- 
est moulding power among men and should, there- 
fore, be directly under the control of the church 
for her own safety and protection, and to forward 
her best interests. 

McPherson, Kans. 



ble for the neglect of these precious souls. We 
have many lay members who ought to be in the 
field, nt work for the Master. We need a score or 
more of lay workers in every city, who will go out 
and invite men and women to hear the Gospel 
preached. Our houses o£ worship are half empty 
because of the indifference of our lay members. 
Bro. Witmore, after his experience in California, 
could testify to the advantage of having a good 
corps of lay workers, iu sssieting to fill a meeting- 
house. Men alone may, perhaps, reach men, but 
women can reach both men and women, and thus 
make more effectual workerB than men. 

We want to impress upon the laity the impor- 
tance of their co-operation. There is a strong de- 
mand for the labor of our young btethren and sis- 
ters. Our field is large, comprising both cities 
and country. Your influence is felt,— one way or 
the other,— in whatever place jour lot is oaBt. 
You may be saie that Satan emploja all his arts 
to draw you away from the fold, but if you resist 
him, he must flee from you. Then, instead of Buf- 
fering evil companions to draw you from the 
church, let it be your privilege, as well ns your 
duty, to invite young men and women to the place 
where they cau find a refuge from oin, and where 
they may beoome identified with the people of 
God. Thus you may enlarge the borders of Zion 
and gather Bheaves for the garner! 
Buena Park, Cal. 



CHIPS FROM THE WORK-HOUSE. 

BY DANIEL VANIMAN. 

Should our next Annual Meeting take steps to 
pui chase, consolidate and control all the Breth- 
ren's publishing interests? — is a question of more 



break down eveiy stronghold of safety that hi 

been inBtituted to shield the righteous from the I than ordinary interest. 

ruinous effects of sin. I These " Chips " say, Yes 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 

The following is a report of the Treasurer of 
the General Church Erection and Missionary 
Committee for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 1889: 

RECEIPTS. 

A brother and Bister § 5 00 

A Bister, Missouri 2 00 

Okaw church, 111 4 50 

Amanda Harris, Mt. Morris, 111 25 

Elizabeth Souafrank, Peru, Ind 1 75 

Lick Creek church, O 15 00 

Alice J. Boone, Mt. Morris, 111 1 00 

A sister 25 00 

Brethren's Sunday-sohcol.Waynesborough, 

Pa 2 00 

Coviua church, Cal 5 80 

Maggie Weckert, Keyser, W. Va 50 

Sarah Bennett, Savonburgb, Kans 1 00 

Sarah Muse, Vinton, Va 2 00 

A brother 15 00 

Green Spring church, O 12 06 

E. J. Neher and wife, Keuko, Fla 2 00 

St. Joseph S. S , South Bend, Ind 5 00 

D. I. Hoover and wife, Bradford, 1 00 

Catherine Span gle, Fairplay, Md 1 60 

W. H. Hedrick, Oceauside, Cal 1 00 

JeBse Wagoner, Franklintown, Pa 1 00 

L. M. Kob and wife, Garden Grove, la. . .' 1 00 

Martha Thornburgb, Perry, la 2 00 

Joel Fullhart, Shawneetown, Mo 1 00 

D. A. Wine 15 

Bethel Sunday-school 2 00 

Mary Miller, Blue Hill, Nebr 1 00 

D. W. Strickler, Liery, Ya 40 

Miwrnl Creek church, Mo 2 00 

A. A. Ownby, Decatur, la 50 

Mary Gnagy, Giauteville, Md 16 65 

Solomon's Creek ohnroh, Ind 15 OQ 



Jan. 14, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



27 



Amanda Koontz, North River, Pa 

Allen McCartney, Altcona, Pa 

L. P. and R. Donaldson, Everett, Mo 

North-western District of Ohio, Poplar 

Ridgo church 

Covington church, 

Buffalo V alley church, Pa : 

Tearcoat church, W. Va 

Geo. Hartsaugh, Maxwell, la 

David George and wife, Ashton, 111 

Upper Stillwater church, 

J. W. Gardner, Lexington, 111 

Mrs. J. T. Lawrence, Delaware, O 

Jonathan Hoover, Dawson, O 

John Kiney, Fremont, Ind 

iBaao Henricks, Virden, 111 

Johnstown church, Pa 

John H. Stager, Camden, N. J 

Logan church, O 

J. E. Gnagey, Accident, Md 

Margaret Calhoun 

Jennie E. Calhoun 

South Bend church, Ind 

A sister 

Walnut church, Ind 

Ella Moherman, Ashland, O 

Chippewa church, North-eastarn Ohio 

West Nimiahillen church, O 

J. Shaw, Elrick, la 

Geo. Varner, Elrick, la 

Salimony church, Ind 

Mary Miller, Blue Hill, Nebr 

8. H. Brown, Fanagut, la 

Fairview church, Pa 

John Mesner, Fredonia, Kans 

Amanda Harris, Mt. Morris, III 

J. J. John, McDonald's Mill, Va 

Maple Grove church, O 

Grundy County church, la 

P. F. 2ckerle, Anaconda, Mont 

Wm. Hines, Doe Hill, Va 

Henry Tranler, Shoals, Ind 

M. Suuettie Mow, Cory, Ind 

Big Creek ohurch, Parkersburgh, 111 

Loon Creek S. S., Salimony church, Ind . . 

Harriet Reed, Easton, W. Ya 

D. P. Reefer, Mountain Home, Idaho Ter. 

Cedar Grove church, Tenn 

Root River church, Minn 

South Morrill church, Kaus 

, Fairfield, Wash 

Moses Walker, Boone, Pa 

Missionary Pitcher, La Porte, Ind 

Clover Creek church, Pa 

Maud Anderson, Pottstown, Pa 

David Henver, Green Bank, W. Va 

Barbara A. Liter, Greencastle, Pa 

John Fishburn, Appanoose, Kans 

Miller sisters, Appanoose, Kans 

Greene church, la 

U. T. Forney, flawkeye, Nebr 

Isaac Cober, Hespeler, Out 

H. E. Witmore, Findlay, 

Levi Bevel, Fountaindale, 111 

John W. Broadwater, Lonaconing, Md. . . 

Elizabeth Johnson, Old Frame, Pa 

David P. & Mary Miller, Buchanan, Mioh, 

John H. Miller, Mound City 

J. J. and Nancy Wassam, Eureka, Kans. . 

Louisa Davidson, Anteburg, O 

A. G. Fillmore, Eureka, Kans 

E. Horn, Roseville, 

Fanny Brilhart, Ord, Pa 

Sister O. H. Elliott, Gambier, O 

Wm. Martin, Seward, Kans 

Catharine Boys, Lookout, W. Va 

G. W. Kephart, Altoona, Pa 

North Solomon chnrch, Kane 

David Kuns, Oerro Gordo, HI 

Rook Run churoh, Ind 



50 
4 00 

3 50 

2 20 

21 00 

1 00 

4 00 
10 

GO 00 
7 95 



50 

5 00 

11 00 

2 00 

18 30 

10 00 

2 00 

1 00 

25 S3 

25 

1 50 

1 05 

9 32 
8 50 
1 00 
1 00 

10 00 
1 00 
1 60 
13 82 
50 
25 
5 00 
1 90 

8 50 
1 50 
1 00 

50 
50 

4 5G 

5 25 

6 00 
1 00 

9 00 
4 70 

4 85 

10 00 

5 00 
1 00 

15 05 
1 00 

1 00 
20 

2 50 
1 35 

3 74 
1 00 
1 00 

40 
30 
40 

1 40 
50 

3 00 

5 00 
40 

1 00 

6 00 

2 00 
1 50 
1 25 
1 40 

5 00 

3 20 
45 00 

6 75 



Pipe Creek church, Md 20 00 

A. <fe Barbara Flory, Meyerhoeffer's Store, 

Ya 1 00 

English River church, Keokuk, la 14 45 

Manor church, Md 11 14 

Brownsville church, Md 7 35 

Broadfordiug churoh, Md 6 51 

Daniel Baer and family, Friedeue, Pa 2 25 

Jacob Baer, Friedens, Pa 25 

John Renner, Lovelaud, Colo 10 00 

Eastern District of Pennsylvania 25 00 

Maria Bussard, Goshen, Ind 40 

Bear Creek ohurch, Md 6 62 

Jacob's Creek church, Pa 14 85 

Southern District of Illinois 23 56 

A sister, North Springfield, O 50 

John R. Graff, Charleston, Mo 5 00 

I. G. Harris, Ergo, Mo 2 00 

Sunday-school of Lower Stillwater church, 



O. 



3 50 

Arnold's Grove churoh, 111 10 00 

A sister 25 00 

W. H. H, Texas 5 00 

Northern District of Illinois 69 75 

Thanksgiving offering to date 516 95 

Interest from Loans on Mission Fund .... 7 00 
Interest from Loans on Endowment Fund. 45 11 

Interest from Endowment Fund 498 43 

expenses. 

S. R Zug, miBsion work in New York $ 21 86 

D. E. Price, mission work in Idaho Ter. 

and Washington 75 00 

S. R. Zug, mission work in New York 17 00 

L H. Dickey, work on Endowment Fund. 23 43 
S. Riddlesberger and 0. Hawbecker, at- 
tending Committee meeting 3 90 

Brethren's Publishing Co,, printing re- 
ports and tracts, Messengers and 

books 68 94 

Henry Brubaker, mission work in Texas. . 20 45 

District of Nebraska 30 00 

Sidney Hodgden, mission work in Arkan- 
sas 50 00 

North-eastern Kansas mission work, Kan- 
sas City 50 00 

North-western Iowa, Minnesota and Dako- 
ta, meeting-house at Bijou Hill, 8. 

Dak 200 00 

Middle Indiana, meeting-house at Winne- 

mac, Ind., (loan) 100 00 

J. Olasen, mission work in Sweden 44 00 

D. L. Miller, Treas, 



Notes from our Correspondents. 



—Interesting Bible Class meetings are reported 
by Bro. Wm. Brunk, of Olathe, Kans. He ex 
presses himself as being bo well convinced of the 
great value of such meetings that his only desire 
is that all the congregations might introduce 
them, and be similarly blessed. 

— Joyful meetings are reported by Bro. J. F, 
Cline. He writes: " Bro. C. H. Brown, of Thorn- 
as County, Kans., came to the Fairview ohurch; 
Kans., Dec. 26, and held forth the Word with 
much power and zeal. Up to this writing, six 
souls have been baptized, and as the meetings are 
still in progress, we hope for still better results." 

—Bro. Michael Keller, of Great Bend, Kans,, 
under date of Deo. 30, writes: " Deo. 25 Bro. 8. 
G. Lehmer, of McPhereon, Kans., commenced a 
series of meetings in the Walnut Valley church, 
and continued each evening throughout that week 
until Sunday night, when he bade us farewell to 
attend to other duties. As an immediate result of 
the meetings, three precious souls came out on the 
Lord's Bide and were baptized. Saints were en- 
oouraged and many good impressions made." 



Under date of Deo. 30, Bro. D. S. T. Bntter- 
baugh, of North Manchester, Ind., writes: "Our 
series of meetings, conduoted by Eld. Jeremiah 
Gump, of Ari, Noble Co, Ind, closed yesterday. 
As an immediate result of his labors four souls 
were added to the ohurch by baptism. There was 
one applicant for baptism on New Year's Day, 
and others, we think, are nearly persuaded to 
turn in with the people of God." 

Cinder date of Dec. 31, sister Amanda Wit- 
more writes: "Our meetings at Centre View 
closed last Sunday evening with good interest. 
Eld. A. Hutchison contraotod a severe oold, and 
hud to close. Wo were sorry for this, for we felt 
that Binners were awakened, and we had hoped 
they would enter the fold and journey with us, 
yet we trust they will not forget the mauy good 
lesaonB taught and choose that good part, that 
oan not be taken from them] " 

—Under date of Deo. 31, sister K. W. Baughman, 
of York, Pa, writes: "Bro. Joseph Long, oE Ab- 
bottstowu, Pa, came to our midst Dec. 22, and be- 
gan a series of meetings with our home ministers. 
Bro. Long preaohed, iu all, nine sermons. As au 
immediate result of his labors three were added 
to the church by bnptisui aud one more is to be 
baptized Boon. Our little band of members was 
greatly encouraged to press onward iu the divine 
life. To God bolongs all praise and honor." ■ 

— Under date of Jan. 1, Bro. J. A. Garber, of 
Green Mount, Va., writes: " We have juBt closed a 
very interesting meeting at this place. Bro. J. P. 
Zigler preaohed the first sermon on the evening 
of Deo. 21, and continued until the evening of 
Dec. 25, when Bro, P. S. Miller, o£ Bridgewater, 
Va, came to his assistance aud continued till 
Dec. 31, preaohing, in all, fiEteen sermons. As an 
immediate result sixteen precious souls were bap- 
tized into Christ,— most of them in thair teens." 

—Bro. T. D. Van Buren.of Wilcox, Wis., writes: 
" Dec. 9 Eld. S. H. Baker, of the Maple Grove 
church, and Bro. Eli Bowman, of the Barron 
church, Wis., commenced some meetings for us. 
After holding five meetings they oloeed with the 
beet of feelings, and a growing interest. Some 
were almost persuaded to accept of the whole Gos- 
pel and be oaved. We think that, with a proper 
efiort, the Truth can be firmly established here. 
For this wo labor and pray, trusting in the Lord!" 
— Bro. Silas Hoover, o£ Boynton, Pa., writes: 
" I commenced a series oE meetings at New En- 
terprise, Bedford Co., Pa , on the evening of Deo. 
26. Up to this time (Deo. 29) the congregationa 
are still increasing. Today we preaohed the fu- 
neral of Bro. David L. Replogle, to a large oou- 
course of people. An audience of, porhaps, nine 
to ten hundred people was present to pay the last 
respect to one of the old standard-bearers of the 
church. May the friends look up to him who can 
comfort the sorrowing in time of bereavement!" 

—Bro. Joseph John, of the Roann churoh, Wa. 
bash Co., Ind., writes: "Eld. Alexander Miller, of 
Elkhart Co., Ind., came to us Deo. 20, and re- 
mained with us thirteen days. He preaohed in 
all eeventeen discourses. Our beloved brother 
held forth the Word with much zeal and power, 
and, by his earnest labors and the blessings of 
God, four were made willing to forsake the ranks 
of Satan, and join in with the people of God. 
Others were near the kingdom, and our prayer is 
that they will eome to Christ in the near future. 
The church, in genera), was much built up and 
strengthened to her duty. May God have all the 
praise in this good workl During Bro. Miller's 
stay with us two brethren were oalled to the dea- 
con's office,— brethren Jfsse Peters and Owen 
Flora. May they be faithful helptrs in the Lord's 
vineyard! " 



28 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 14, 1890. 



— From the Milledgeville ohurob, I]]., Bro. 
John Fierheller writes: "Bro. T. T. Mjers came 
here Dec. 25 nod remained until the 30th, preach- 
ing for us seven interesting sermons. May the 
Lord richly bless the labcos of oar dear yonng 
brother, and may the seed eown in due time spring 
up and bear fruit unto life everlasting." 

—Under date of Doc. 12, Bro. John O. Boon, of 
Waidsboro, Va., writes: "I held meetings at Gross 
Roads, Henry County, Satnrday night, Sunday 
and Sunday night. The good work still seems to 
be going on. One deir brother came forward and' 
requested to be baptized Saturday night. This 
was attended to iu the presence of a large con- 
course of pooplo. A baptismal scene, always a 
solemn event, is mueb more so after night. Sev- 
eral others expressed themselves as being ready 
to come in the rear future. May the Lord pros- 
per and bless the good work begun at that place!" 

— Bro. S. H. Bechtelheimer, of the Lower Deer 
Greek church, Ind., writes: "Bro. David Neff 
came to us on Wednesday, Dec. 11, to commence 
a series of meetings. The next day was appoint- 
ed to bold a committee meeting in our church, 
Bro. Neff being one of the committee. Business 
passed off pleasantly and seemed to be settled 
satisfactorily. Bro. Npff continued meetings over 
Sunday with good interest, preaohing in all Eeven 
sermons, to the edification of all present. This 
ohurch has received, during the year, four mem- 
bers by baptism, with one more applicant and 
nine by letter. May the good Lord enable all to 
press forward toward the markl " 

—Under date of Deo. 29, Bro. A. A. Throne, of 
the Silver Greek church, Ohio, writes: "Our 
meetings commenced ou the night of Deo. 12, and 
continued until the night of the 29th. Bro. W. 
F. Dessenbery, of Ashland, Ohio, was with us; he 
preached twenty-four sermons. While saints 
were encouraged on their way to Zion, sinners 
were made to tremble at the power of God. One 
soul made the good confession, and was buried 
with Christ in baptism. May she walk in new- 
ness of life and manfully fight the battles of the 
Lord ! May the Lord bless the good seed that has 
been sown, that it may bear fruit to his name's 
honor and glory I " 



CORRESPONDENCE 



Notice to the Members of the Western District of 
Pennsylvania. 

At the late council of the Johnstown church it 
wan decided lo take the District Meeting of the 
Western Distric' of Pennsylvania for LJ90, if there 
was no other call for it. No oall wbb made for it 
at the meeting, Miy 15, 1839. Those wishing to 
write to the church about the meeting, will please 
address the undersigued. David Hildebrand. 

Conemaugh, Pa., Box 34. 



Interesting Meetings. 

The Pipe Creek church began a series of meet- 
ings, Deo. Gtb, and continued until the evening of 
the 15th. Bro. Wysong did the preaching. The 
interest was good and increased with each meet- 
ing, but we made the great mistake of closing the 
meetings when the enemy just began to show 
signs of weakening. One sister united with the 
ohurch the day the meetings closed, and to-day, at 
our church meeting, turea more were baptized,— 



two young sisters and one young brother. May 
God give them grace to hold out faithful, for the 
prize is at the end of the racel Brethren, let ua 
do our part to help them grow in grace I 

Bro. Wysong knows how to interest both old 
and young with the Truth. Our little children al- 
most felt that the meetings were for their special 
benefit. They occupied the front seats, and were 
sure to find some spiritual food within their reach. 

Another admirable feature of these meetings 
was found in tho thirty-minuto sermons. Some- 
times the time was too short for tb.9 subject, but, 
taken as a whole, the plan proved to be a success, 
first, because the children did not get tired and, in 
consequence, unruly; second, because sinners 
would politely listen to such short sermons, hence 
were convicted of their sins; although we are sor- 
ry to say that some who were convicted could not 
make up their minds to forsake the world; third, 
because all were sorry when the time, set apart 
for the services, had expired. In their desire for 
more food, they would come again. When we can 
get men and women to hunger and thirst after 
righteousness, they will seek to be filled, as this 
meeting proved. We do not believe there is any- 
thing gained by tiring a congregation. Oh, for 
more wisdom to fight the enemy of our souls! 

Mary Kindell Dickey. 
Peru, Ind. 

A Meeting at the Home of Peter C. Meyers, and 
Thoughts on Various Subjects. 

By request of our aged brother, Samuel Lichty 
and the above-named family, where he has his 
home, a number convened together on Sunday 
evening, Dec. 8, for worship. After opening the 
meeting in the usual way, Matt. 25: 21-31 was read. 
After some remarks by the writer, there was a 
short address by Eld. Joel Gnagy in the German. 
Bro. Lichty, on account of blindness and other in- 
firmities, can not enjoy sanctuary privileges. He 
is ninety years of age, but seems to be well con. 
tented, and is well cared for by the above-named 
family. He has been a faithful member for many 
years and is still, as the Psalmist says, " bringing 
forth fruit in old age." The body may grow weak 
and old, the faculties of the mind may be debili- 
tated, yet the inward man may be in a state of 
completion and ready for a higher and more 
glorious sphere. The new life that has been 
wrought by faith in the Son of God will live for- 
ever. It must be a rich feast to our brother in 
old age to see that his children are profiting by 
the advantages he has wrought for them. He is 
now looking forward with fond anticipation to 
that glorious rest where God and the angels dwell. 

We are impressed with the fact that such meet- 
ings are productive of much good, and bind God's 
ohildren together more firmly. Love is the gold- 
en link that binds the saints of earth with the 
saints of heaven. It was the spirit of unity that 
brought the blessing down on Pentecost. "By 
this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, 
if ye love one another." We must bury this cold, 
dead formalism and rise up into the pure atmos- 
phere of God and show to the world that we have 
been with Jesus and learned of him. If a man 
steps outside of himself and writes hie name in 
love and mercy on the hearts of those with whom 
he comes iu contact, he will never be forgotten. 
Thus his influence for good will live forever. No 
man lives to himself and no man dies to himself. 
We either make people better or worse by the 
life we live. The influence of many of the old 
standard bearers of the church who are dead and 
gone is in the world to-day and will continue to 
live. Brethren, pray for us, that we may be liv- 
ing epistles, known and read of all men! 

Silas Hoover, j 
Boynlon, Pa. ! 



From Roekton, Pa. 

We hereby acknowledge for the Bockton church, 
Pa, the following amounts: 

John S. Holsinger, Danning's Creek, Pa ..S10 00 
Joseph Berkey, Hillsboro, Somerset Co, 

Pa., individually 10 00 

The amount from Danoing's Creek (in a former 
report) was, by mistake, credited to Clover Creek. 
The Brethren of the Rcckton congregation return 
thanks for the aid they have received from the 
Brethren and friends for the building of their 
church. Peter Beer. 

Dec. 19, 1889. 

From Loraine, 111. 

Our love-feast is numbered with the events of 
the past. While enjoying its bleseinge, we realized 
that God was in the institution, and that he was 
the Governor of the feast. 

On the evening of Dec. 21, Bro. Conrad Fitz, of 
Astoria, Fulton Co., 111., commenced some meet- 
ings for us. The roads were good and the weath- 
er fair, yet the congregations were not as large as 
they should have been. Many were engaged in 
Chrietmas preparations, and thus were unable to 
meet with us. 

A more striking contrast between the ideas of 
different persons was never seen than on the even- 
ing of Dec. 24. While popular Christianity had 
its Christmas tree, etc., and the world was en- 
gaged in amusement and pastime in a hall near 
by, a few of God's people and lovers of the Truth 
gathered at the Brethren's meeting-house, to be 
fed from the great stove-house of God's love. As 
tired from our sanctuary, the light from the 
dancing hall flashed upon us. The sound of the 
musical instruments resounded in our ears, as wo 
started on our way home, in deep meditation, won- 
dering, if Christ were to come to-night to claim 
his own, he would Bearch in these places of dese- 
cration for his jewelB. 

On the evening of Dec. 25, ere the evening 
shades had appeared, the saints had gathered 
at the Brethren's church, to celebrate the day in 
God's name. By five o'clock in the evening, the 
comfortable house was filled to its utmost capac- 
ity. In the audience were many who had witnessed 
and engaged in the frivolities of the previous even- 
ing. We never saw better order than upon this 
occasion. 

Our feast will long be remembsred. Some par- 
took of this feast for the first time. One who, 
perhaps, had partaken of more than four score 
feasts, was also present. 

Bro. Fitz, iu his earnest manner, night after 
night continued to hurl the missiles of warfare 
into the enemy's camp, until one soul came out on 
the Lord's side, and, on Sunday morning, Dec. 29, 
was buried beneath the waves of the silver stream 
that flows near by. 

On Sunday evening our meetings closed with 
one addition and a growing interest. Saints re- 
joiced and sinners wept. May God bless the ef- 
forts which have been put forth here, and may he 
keep the young Iambs within the fold, is my 
prayer! H. W. Striokxeb. 

Eld. J. S. Mohler's Meetings at Lanark, III. 

Bro. J. S. Mohler, of Morrill, Kans., began a 
series of meetings in the Lanark church, Dec. 14, 
1889, closing Jan. 1, 1890. 

During these meetings, excepting the last four, 
the nights were dark, the roads muddy, the weath- 
er damp. In the town other (seven) denomina- 
tions were variously engaged; some with revival 
meetings, some with Holiday entertainments, 
some with festivals, and the people in general in 
pursuit, in different ways, of worldly pleasures, 



1 



Jan. 14, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



29 



Before I had any experience in city church work, must win. I 
I wondered why the Brethren did not organize in heart of love 
cities first, same as other denominations. Bat now 
the question is eolved. Our method of church 
government sud interpretation of Rom. 12: 2; 2 
Cor. 6: 17; 1 Pet. 2: 9 ia not acceptable to city 
people, not even the members' children. 

In Lanark the members are in good financial 
and social standing, in love and union with each 
other, and qaite faithful to " the order " in dress 
and living. We have a good house, no olrarcb 
debt, a weekly prayer-meeting, an "evergreen" 
Sunday-Bchool, preaching, twice each Sunday, and 
it would seem that everything essential to the pro- 
gress of any church, is enjoyed by this congrega- 
tion; but in the matter of accessions, God has not 
given us the increase that we think we should 
have to say that we are prospering. 

Bro. Mooter's qualifications for a preaoher and 
evangelist are far ahead of his reputation. He is 
meek in spirit, gentle* in manner, convincing in 
argument, and rich in thought. Never have we 
heard the claims of the Gospel in clearer terms, 
the promises made more attractive, the threats 
more painful, the way of life more plain, and the 
excuses for sin more absurd. 

Most of the iime, notwithstanding the unfa- 
vorable circumstances, previously referred to, we 
had large audiences and always good attention. 

The visible result of the meetings is, three bap- 
tized, a renewed zeal for the cause of Christ, and 
several brought near the kingdom. Pray that 
they remember that " ' Almost ' is but to fail." 

Sister Mohler, and Bro. John Eisenbise and 
wife, accompanied Bro. Mobler here. AH did good 
in the field of conversation and Bro. John, as well as 
the surrounding ministers, contributed in no small 
degree to the interests of the meetings, by giving 
short, pithy talks, interspersed with spiritual 
songs, during the first half and three-fourths hour 
x>f the service. 

Sister Sadie Brallier Noffsinger, nee Brallier, 
of Johnstown, Pa., gave a very interesting talk 
Sunday evening, Dec. 29, prior to the preaching, 
to a packed house, on the Johnstown flood. If sis- 
ter Noffsinger's health is spared, we expect her to 
become a very useful member to the church. 

Ministers, traveling on the Chicago, Milwaukee 
and St. Paul railroad, through Linark, will confer 
a favor by stopping over Sunday and preaching 
f or us . S. J. Habbison. 



lan who has such an overflowing 
d such a zeal for Truth, founded 
principles of knowledge, not only is highly 
esteemed here on earth, but his inheritance in the 
coming world innet needs be near the Lamb of 
God. Our prayer is that he may yet be granted 
many years in whioh to gather sheaves for the 
Lord's garner. 

The brethren out here did not like the sketch 
in Bro. D. E, Price's article No. 1 about "Sidney 
looking desolate and seeing au occasional dug-out 
and small fields of corn," etc. In justioe to Bro. 
Price 1 will state that Sidney is situated in a nar- 
row valley, skirted on either Bide by a rauge of 
limestone bluffs whioh, while they do not look like 
farms, neither are they desolate, because they are 
valuable for the buildiug rock they contain, and 
beyond these rocky hills lie the level prairies 
where the brethren are located, and it is but just 
to say that they have good houseB and some of 
them very good. 

Some of the brethren have made sacrifices to 
build up this church of no small membership, in 
this as yet undeveloped country. Brethren and 
sisterB, remember us here in the. west in ] 
prayers; we claim an inheritance through grace in 
the one great common family and need your sym- 
pathies. 0. D. Lyon. 
Jan, 3, 1890. 



From Ephrata, Fa. 



From Sidney, Hebr. 

In response to a call from the Grand Prairie 
church, Eld. S. M. Forney, of Kearney, Nebraska, 
and Eld. J. S. Snowberger, of Holyoke, Colorado, 
(our elder), met with ua in council, Deo. 30. 

It has been the desire of this church for some 
time past to advance some brethren to the elder- 
ship. Accordingly, at this meeting, the church 
was counseled and action taken whereby brethren 
L. F. Love, John E, Ikenberry and W. C. Teeter 
were ordained to bo elders in the churoh. 

This solemn ceremony will not soon be forgot- 
ten, neither will we fail to retain the preached 
Word we heard from the brethren for several 
evenings. These brethren came among us with 
the manner of Paul to the Corinthians, "deter- 
mined to know nothing among us save Jesus Christ 
and him crucified," consequently their labor 
among us, we believe to have been directed by the 
Holy Spirit. 

Bro. Forney had to leave us Dec. 31, owing to 
matters at his home which demanded his presence. 
He, however, left a promise to come among us 
again. 

This church feels that a debt of gratitude is 
due to Eld. Snowberger for his earnest and un- 
tiring labor among us as leader; his rule of love 



The Ephrata congregation has enlarged its 
meeting-house at Springville. Brethren Hiram 
Gibble and Reuben Graybill, of White Oak, dedi- 
cated it, in presence of a large concourse of peo- 
ple, Dec. 24 the meetings commenced and con- 
tinued nightly for nine evenings. The interesting 
and earnest meetings were the means of bringing 
four souls to the Lord's side, to follow their Re- 
deemer. Many others were nearly persuaded, 
and we hope they may yet see the error of their 
ways and turn to Jesus. Had we continued our 
nightly meetings for a week or two longer, a uum 
ber more would possibly have united with the 
church. On Saturday evening, Jan. 11, 1890, 
nightly meetings are expected to commence at 
Mohler's meeting-house, to continue for a week, 
should nothing unforeseen happen. We expect to 
be instrumental in bringing a few rnoro sinners 
to repentance during these meetings. May God' 
blessings be with us in our efforts! 

J. B. Keller. 

From Franklin Grove, 111. 

Bbo. Jacob Witmobe, of Centre View, Mo., 
commenced a series of meetings, in this arm of the 
church, Dec. 1st, closing on the night of Jan. 3rd, 
with twenty-one additions. 

By permission of our editors, I will give a short 
summary of the year's work in this part of God's 
heritage. 

While our late series of meetings may seem to 
have been a long one, b9 assured that the time 
passed away too quickly to those who enjoyed this 
season of refreshing. 

During the forty-three meetings many of the 
brethren and sisters traveled, in the aggregate, 
hundreds of miles, and part of the time on dark 
nights and over muddy roads, but their zeal for 
the cause was crowned with most happy results, in 
witnessing their children and neighbors accept 
Christ. 

There is a goodly number who are still linger- 
ing at the threshold of grace. We say to all such, 
" Pray that you may gain the consent of your 
wills and ' enter while yon may.' " 

To the dear brethren and sisters who gave so 
willingly their " bodies a living sacrifice," I would 
say, " Be faithful unto the end, and heaven and 
happiness will be the ultimate result." 



From Jau. 1st, to Dec. 31, 1889, thirty were bap- 
tized, four reclaimed, Beven received by letter, 
eight dismissed by letter, two disowned and three 
removed by the hand of death. Three have been 
received by baptism since New Year. 

Bro. Witrnore goes to-day, Jan. 3, to Rock 
Creek, Whitesido County, 111. May the prayers 
of the brethren and sisters follow him, that many 
more precious sheaves may bo gathered into the 
garners of the Lord! 0. H. Hawbeokeb. 

From the Pine Croek Church, 111. 

On Sunday, Dec. 1, with the assistance of Bro. 
J. M. Mohler, we began a series of meetings and 
continued three weeks. During this time God's 
Word was faithfully proclaimed and, we believe, 
the brethren and sisters were made to realize more 
fully the great responsibilities resting upon them. 
Parents and ohildren, Sunday-school teachers and 
soholars, all had their duties presented to them; 
and now the question arises, " Will we be ' doers 
of the word?' Can we be justified before God if 
we are not?" 

The lillle things and popular evils of the day 
were not passed over as something that " don't 
matter." Our congregations were large, most of 
the time, considering the weather. As an imme- 
diate result two made the good confession, and 
our prayer is that they may be ornaments to the 
church and a power for good in the world. Pre- 
vious to our meetings a singing class was conduct- 
ed by Bro. Jas. Z. Gilbert, of Mt, Morris, in which 
much interest was taken. Brethren and Bisters, 
is there not a lack in many places in this impor- 
tant part of the worship of God? Members of the 
ohurch will attend meeting from time to time and 
scarcely as much as make an attempt to sing 
praises to God. Oh, that we had more of the 
spirit of a Paul of oldl Let us, at least, do what 
we cau in this as well as every other direotion to 
beoome better and be more useful I 

D. L. Fobney. 

From Nocona, Texas, 

Bbo. Philip Eby and I started Nov. 22, for 
Parker and Erath Counties, Tex., by private con- 
veyance. We arrived on the evening of Nov. 23 
and found the little baud of members all well. 
We commenced meetings Nov. 24 and continued 
until the 28tb, closing with a pleasant love-feast. 
There was quite an interest aroused, and some 
were near the kingdom, but as we had arranged 
to start next day to Erath County, we had to leave 
on the evening of Nov. 30. I commenced meet- 
ings with the little band in that County Dec. 1, 
and continued with increasing interest. On 
Wednesday evening we had a feast. At all the 
feasts I ever attended I never saw the spectators 
so affected and so much solemnity and weeping as 
occurred at that little Communion. I was sorry 
that previous arrangements compelled me to close 
on the next night, when the interest seemed to in- 
dicate that some wero almost persuaded. We 
hope that the enemy of souls may not take away 
all the seed sown before some one can go back to 
their rescue. Oh that we had some missionary to 
water these points regularly! I think much could 
be accomplished. 

On my return I held two more meetings for the 
Brethren at Parker. I arrived home on the even- 
ing of Dec. 10 and found all well. 

Six members have moved into the Nocona 
church lately, and one was baptized. Praise the 
Lord! Henry Bbiibakeb. 



" It is a juBt saying of an old writer that men, 
like books, begin and end with blank leaves— in- 
fancy and senility; and we may add that there is 
oftentimes nothing better between the two." 



so 



THfi GOSPEL MBS8ENGEB. 



Wolf Creek Rotes. 

We had our quarterly council Dec. 
0. Considerable business came be- 
fore the meeting but all waB harmon- 
iously transacted. The church was 
well represented. 

A large majority of the Miami 
ohurcheo have their Communions in 
the fall. Not being in the school- 
room this winter, wo enjoyed the 
feasts far and near througbout our 
lovt-Iy valley. They were largely at- 
tended aod tho b^st of order pre- 
vailed. We were glad to learn that 
nearly all the churches have come 
back to the original mode of feet- 
washing, rising " from supper," after 
the pattern given in the " upper 
chamber." 

A few features of a number of 
theBe feasts we think worthy of no- 
tice and of patterning after. 

1. The bread and meat which were 
need in the Lord's Supper were cut 
in nice rlices and pluced on plates 
at convenient di&tances apart. This 
saves confusion and as it is the way 
we serve thoBe articles at our meals 
at home, none can objeor. 

2 The interval between the exami- 
nation services and services of the 
evening was Bpenfc in singing the 
beautiful tongs of Zion. Thera were 
no dismissals, but while the home 
members were Betting the tables, the 
Bongs of praise m ■ ■ 

3. The !■.., mpal ■ a n affection ex- 
isting ai_d manift-Bted between the 
old and young were marked and en- 
couraging. 

4. Of tho two score of ministers 
ohosen in the Valley during the last 
eight years, some manifest marked 
abi-ity, while all Be em to be diligent 
in their high calling. The outlook 
U enoourHgiug Mid we " thank Gud 
and take courage," 

# * # 
Qaito a number of the churches 
uBt» Bio. West's "Church Regi 
Its cuu\euit-nce, utility, ami simplic- 
ity recommend it to the use of all, 
and as our dear brother is very zeal- 
ous in his calling and limited in 
means, wo suggest a geueral adop- 
tion of the "ReKisk-!," iL Li .: [ 
our dear brother iu bis sowi] that 
all may rejoice together. "A hint 
to the wist is sufficient." 

.*. 

Bro. Dove, of Tennessee, preached 
for us nearly a week. Some addi- 
tional meetings were held, which 
w«re quite intereating. 
♦ * * 
On one of the back roads of the 
Wolf Creek church, in a log cottage, 
is a publishiug house from which 
"The Minister's Dream" is being 
widely circulated. (See advertise- 
ment on last page.) 

A large educational meeting was 
held in the Salem church, Dec. 21 
After considerable informal diacuB- 
Bion, twenty brethren were appoint- 



ed as a board of incorporation for 
the Miami Yalley School. 
New Lebanon, Ohio. 



" Here is a bit of gopp^l truth 
which is worthy the consideration of 
thcee who are tempted to extrava- 
gance, either by pride or the display 
of their neighbors. A man can live 
happier in his old house, out oE debt, 
than he can in a new, fine one with a 
mortgage on it A family can wor- 
ship more devoutly going to church 
in a farm wagon, when they are not 
afraid of any creditor meeting them, 
than to go in a tics carriage with a 
chattel mortgage on the horses, sub- 
ject to be foreclosed at any time." 

"Study is labor in a gold mine, 
where toil extracts the rich metal, 
but 6enee and judgment alone enable 
ns to enrich ourselves therefrom. 
For many who seek for gold and find 
it, but few huBband it with care; and 
many acquire knowledge by study, 
but few use that knowledge with dis- 
cretion enough to insure reBpect on 
earth and everlasti 



MAI j&IMONIiLL. 



ECKERLE — EASHORE.— At the resl 
dence of the bride's grandfather, Bro. Mi- 
chael Bashore, Dec. 12, 1889, by Bro. D. D. 
Wine, Bro. Charles Eckerle, of Lanark, 111., 
and sister Nettie Bashore, of Pleasant Hill. 
Ohio. "W. G. Nyce. 

REISTE— STOVER.— At the residence of 
ilel Stover, Jan. 2, by the und 



t-d, Ci. 



F. Re 



Kalie Stover, all of Maryland, III. 

jos. Amick. 

STRATON— G ARM AN.— At the residence 
of the bride's parents, Doc. 26, 1SS9, Mr 
Samuel R. Straton and Miss Eva Garman 
both of Darlington, Gentry Co, Mo. 

W. B. Sell. 

MILLS-FISHER.— Atthe residence of the 
biid<t's parents, by the undersigned, Mr. W. 
I. Mills and MUb Lecta Figher, all of Nod- 
away County, Mo. W. B. Sell. 



•*>FALLEN*ASL£EP«- 



MILLER— At his home in South Bend, 
Ind., Dec 15, Bro. Aaron Miller, aged 78 
...■;r, [] months and 15 days. 
Deceased was born In Montgomery 
County, Ohio, Dec. 31, 1S10, and, at the age 
of ten years, moved with his parents to Wayne 
County, Iud. Then, about ten years later, 
with his father's family, he settled in St. Jo- 
seph County, Ind., where he continued to re- 
side until his death. He was the oldest son 
of the late Eld. David Miller, and one of a 
family of thirteen children. He was mar- 
ried in the year 1833 to Elizabeth Smith, 
daughter of the late Michael Smith, and was 
the father of four eons and three daughters, 
six of whom, with his companion, remain to 
mourn their loss. Father and mother united 
with the church of the Brethren about forty- 
eight years ago. A few years later father 
was called to the ministry. Atthe time of 
his death he occupied the second degree of 
the ministry. 

Ten days before his departure he was 
"anointed with oil in the name of the Lord." 
Thus has passed away our dear father, and 
though we sorrow, it is not as those without 

Funeral services at the family residence, 
Dec. 17. Interment in Mount Pleasant cem- 
etery, four miles west of the city.. The fu- 
neral services were conducted by elders Daniel 
Whitiner and H. W. Krelghbnum, in the 
presence of a large gathering of relatives and 
sympathizing friends. 

Thurston Miller. 

BARNHART— In the Blue Ridge church, 
Dec. 24, 1SS9, of typhoid fever, Bro. Otis 

Barnhart, aged iG years, S months and 21 



united with the church thr 

I -was faithful until death. F 

; by the writer from Rev. 3: 

C. S. Holsinger. 



UOLDEMAN.— In the Turkey Creek con- 
gregation, Iud., Dec 13, 1SS9, of consump- 
tion, si iter Hattle Holdeman, aged 22 years 
and 6 months. Funeral occasion improved 
by the writer in the Brethren's church at 
Nappanee, to a very large congregation. 
SHALKEY.— At the same place, sister Lou- 
isa Shalkey, aged 37 years and 9 months, 
Services by the writer. J. C. Murray. 
ANDERSON.— In the James Creek congre- 
gation, Huntingdon Co , Pa., Dec. 4, of can- 
cer of the liver, Bro. Anthony Anderson, 
aged 52 years, 2 months and 17 days. 

Thus our church has lost a faithful mem- 
ber, the community a good neighbor, the wife 
a loving husband, and the only son a devoted 
father. Funeral services by the Brethren. 

Geo. Brumbaugh. 
WATTS —In the Lunenburgh church, Va., 
Dec. 2i, 1889, Bister Bettie Watts. 
After tali. 1 g breakfsBt, thedeceasedi 
from the table to attend to some household 
duty, staggered, fell and expired instantly. 
She was a loving daughter, a fond wife, a dot- 
it-g mother and a consistent and faithful 
Christian. Services at the grave ny the writ- 
er. S. H. Love. 



SPITZER— In (he Mill Creek congregation 
Rockingham County, Va., Dec. 20, of con- 
sumption, Bro. Joseph M. Spitzer, aged 37 
years, 9 months and S days. 

Deceased united with the Brethi 
church about thirteen years ago and has been 
zealous in the cause ever since. He wai 
son of Bro. Noah Spilzer who preceded h 
to the spirit worid thirteen years ago. 1 
was anointed in the name of the Lord on t 
morning of the day of his death. A kind 
mother, four brothers, six sister?, and many 
other dear friends are left to mourn their be- 
reavement. Funeral services by Eld. Isaac 
Long and Eld. Daniel Miller from Rev. 14: 
13. H. E. Harshbarger. 

MILLOW.— At her daughter's, J. K. Hart- 
man, in Clearfield, Taylor County, Iowa, 
Dec. 22, 1SS9, sister Nancy Mlllow, aged 
77 years, 4 months and 19 days. 
The deceased suffered from cancer of the 
breast for about thirty years. She was born 
in Botetourt Co,, Va., in iSi2and moved to 
Preble County, Ohio, when three years old. 
She was the daughter of Abraham and Bar- 
bara Overholser. She was married to Jacob 
Earhart in 1S37 and moved to Johnson Coun- 
ty, Iowa. In 1S49 her husband died. Some 
time after she married John Miltow who pre- 
ceded her in death four years. Sister Mlllow 
was indeed a mother in Israel. She was a 
member of the Dunkard church for twenty- 
six years. Funeral services by Rev. Shep- 
herd from John 10:18. 

Clayton O 1 
WOLF.— In La Place, 111., Di 
ter Fannie Wolf, aged 32 y. 
and 24 days. Funeral 
by Eld. Myers. 

Deceased left a husband and three chil- 
dren, the youngest a few days old. 

J. H, Arnold. 

TROSTLE.— In the Silver Creek church, 

Ogle Co., III., Dec. 26, 1889, Gertie Sarah, 

infant daughter of Bro. Ephraim and sister 

Alice Trostle, aged 1 year, 6 months and 1 

Thus earth's fairest flowers are trans- 
planted Into the Paradise of God to bloom 
foreverl May God grant that those who sor- 
rowed with the parents in the loss of a be- 



loved child, may, by the atoning blood of a 
crucified Redeemer, be prepared to enter 
where there is innocence and purity, and joy 
forevermore. Funeral services by Eld. Jos. 
Amick, to a large concourse of people from 
Hcb. 9: 27. 

FILBRUM.— In the Bear Creek church, 
Ohio, Oct. 2, 1889, Bro. Daniel Filbrum, 
aged 35 years, 3 months and 8 days. 

The deceased leaves a wife and four chil- 
dren to mourn their loss. He lived opposite 
the church, and was always noted for his hos- 
pitality. He was ever ready to lend a helping 
hand. Funeral services by Bro. Daniel Gar- 
ver. Moses Miller. 

NEHER — In the Wichita church, Sedgwick 
Co., Kans., Oct. 20, sister Edith May 
Neher, wife of Bro. John F. Neher, aged 
24 years, 7 months and 26 days. 

Deceased was a daughter of Bro. Levi 

and sister Thomas, of Butltr County, Kans. 

MILLER.— At her home near Rosedale, 

Greene Co», Pa., Sept. 29, iSSg, sister Mary 

Miller, wife of Asa Miller, aged about 76 

Sister Miller was a daughter of Owen 
John, deceased. She was born in Stewarts- 
town, Monongalia Co., W. Va. She was an 
affectionate, loving wife and mother, a kind 
friend to her neighbors, and beloved by all. 

Sister Miller was baptized July 1, 1866, by 
Eld. Jos. I. Cover. The funeral ceremonies 
were conducted by Rev. J. Johnson, of Union- 

BYERLY— Near Hartville, Stark Co., Ohio, 

Dec. 15, 1SS9, Elizabeth B. wife of L. Byer- 

ly, aged 43 years, 3 months and 19 days. 

She leaves a husband, three children and 

many other relatives to mourn her sudden 

death. Funeral discourse by Eld. Shilling 

from Ps. 23: 3, 4 to a large concourse of 

friends and relatives. A. 



WORKMAN.— In the Owl Creek congrega- 
tion, Knox Co., Ohio, Oct. 20, of diphthe- 
ria, Celesta Gertrude, daughter of S. J. and 
Nancy J. Workman, aged 5 yeav^J 1 month 
and 9 days. 

Celesta was a bright and loving child and 
the oldest of two, — both bright and lovely 
children. This was a sad and deepl (--lament- 
ed death. It seemed as though the parents 
could not fully realize that their little dau£' 
ter was so suddenly taken from their midst, 
but "death is no respecter of persons." God 
alone can comfort and heal the wounded 
Bro. William 



Murray. 



BINGAMAN— In the Oakley church, Ma- 
con Co., II!., Nov. 30, of typhoid fever, sis- 
ter Etta, eldest daughter of Bro. Adam and 
sister Barbara Bingaman, aged 16 years, 2 
months and 7 dais. 

May ihe Lord sustain our brother and 
sister in their bereavement. They need not 
sorrow as those that have no hope. Etta 
joined the Brethren church about two years 
ago and lived faithful to her calling. Funer- 
al services by Bro. Myers and Bro. Nicey. 

Maggie A. Bingaman. 
COFFMAN.— In South English, Iowa, Nov. 
29, friend Samuel T. Coffman, aged 79 






nlhs 



Funeral services were held in the Breth- 
ren church three miles east of South English, 
by Eld. West, from a Tim. 4: 6-9, to a very 
large concourse of relatives and friends. 

Peter Brower. 

ULERY.— In the same church, Nov. 7, Fla- 

vius Amos Ulery, son of Bro. Samuel and 

sister Ulery, aged 3 months and 20 days. 

Funeral services by Bro. George W. Stong. 

Isaac Wagoner. 

HALTERMAN.— In the Lost River congre- 
gation, Hardy Co., W. Va., Dec. 5, sister 
Phebe, wife of Bro. Aaron Halterman, in 
her 79th year. 

Deceased had been paralyzed on the laBt 
day of November after which she could speak 
no more. She leaves a great many relatives 
to mourn her departure. 

L. D. Caldwell. 



Jan. 14, 1890. 



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Table oi' Contents. 



Angels in the House. Selected by Dani=l Hays, 34 

A Few Thoughts on the Flight of Time. By Mary M. 

Cox, 34 

New Testament Greek. By fames M. Ntff ....34 

An Explanation Wanted. By J. T. Meyers; answered 

by S. S-Mohler, 34 

The Hidden Life. By C. H. Balsbnugh, 36 

Family Worship. By Anna Cox, 36 

The Way of the Wilderness. By Lizzie H. Delp, ... -37 
The Work of the Different Officers of the Church. By 

Jacob Rife, 3S 

The Admission of an Infidel. By J. L. Switzer, 3S 

Editorials- 
Items, 33, 4°' 4 1 

Honesty of Purpose, 33 

How to Reach the Masses in the Cities, 3 [ 

Missionary and Tract Work Department — 

The Children's Mission. By Mcry-M. Gibson, 42 

Poor Fund Report, 42 

Dodging. By J. S. Flory, , 43 

BeWw, Better, Better. By J E. Yo«n £: 1.3 

Thanksgiving Offering 43 

Notes from our Corri-'Spundenis, 43. 44 

Correspondence, 39, 44, 45, 46 

Literary Noies, 46 

Matrimonial, 46 

Fallen Asleep, .46 

Advertisements 47, 4S 



Elder Jacob Miller, o£ Woodbury, Pa., is 
confined to his house on account of bodily afflic- 
tion. He has been a faithful servant of the Mas- 
ter, and we wish for him much peace, tu he nears 
his reward, We hope the Lord will spare him 
yet for a season, and greatly bless him in his afflic- 
tions. 

Eld. J. F. Oller, of the Waynesboro church, 
Pa., wants a brother to locate there who is a good 
singer of church and Sunday- school music. He 
may be either a single, or a married man. Bro. 
Oiler will try to find employment for him. He 
wants a rntm who understands mu&ic, and can make 
it interesting.' AddreBs as above. 

We have now ready another edition of Mission- 
ary HymnBooko, for thoBe who may wish to use 
them. Single copy 10 cents,- or 81.00 per dozen. 
These books were ordered by Annual Meeting, 
and are intended to be used for misaionary pur- 
poses, and in holding aeries of meetings in places 
where our regular hymn books and hymnals are 
not in use. The selection, we think, is a good 
one, and well adapted to the purposes intended. 
It will be sent postpaid, at the rates named above. 



" They who know the truth are not equal to 
those who revera it, and they who revere it. are not 
equal to those who find pleasure in it." 

Bro Spencer Beaver will, in the near future, 
hold a series of meetings in the Ao.gh.wiek church, 
which 3b under the care of Eld. James B. Lane. 
The meetings will be held in the Hill Valley 
church-house. 

The new addition to the Huntingdon Normal 
College is now in the hands of the plasterers, and 
will be ready for occupancy by the opening of the 
Spring Term. It contains fif ty-two rooms, besides 
bath rooms and other conveniences on each floor. 

Sister Lizzie Rawlins sends annually S1.00 
for the benefit of the Normal, besides contribut- 
ing to many other charitable purposes. Yet Bhe 
earns by her own hands all the money she gete. 
MaDy others would be greatly blessed by follow- 
ing so noble an example. 

The following sad intelligence- we have from 
Bro. P. S. Thomas: "The main building of the 
Bridgewater College was destroyed by fire to-day, 
Dec. 30. The fire is supposed to have started on 
the third story. But few of the students had 
turned from their Christmas vacation and only a 
few were in the building. The Board of Direct 
ors was called together to take necessary steps 
for the accommodation of the pupils, and I feel 
confident that all can be accommodated, and that; 
there need be no serious hinderance to the school 
work. AU can be made comfortable. 



Occasionally we get a complaint from our pa. 
irons because they do not receive fifty-two papers 
during the year instead of fifty, and that Buoh a 
practice savors of fraud, etc. We feel that there 
is no fraud or deception about it. While we say 
that the paper is published weekly, we promise 
only fifty numbers for a year. This has always 
been our established rule, and our subscribers so 
understand it when they subscribe. We pnb- 
iish only fifty numbers in a year, yet it is a week- 
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Bro. D. E. Bowman, of Campville, Fla , writes 
us as follows: "I feel thankful to tell you that we 
have enjoyed very good health ever since we have 
been down here,— over eight months. The cl 
mate is very mild; the merenry was up to 1UU 
during the paBt week. Folks are plowing and 
sowing oats, and in a few days wo intend to plant 
our early potatoes. Koaea and other flowers are 
in full bloom. Bro. B. F. Bowser has not been 
enjoying the best of health, but his wife and chil- 
dren are well. Bro. Neher, of Kenka, and B. F. 
Bowser are our ministers. There are eighteen 
members in this end of the District and about th> 
same over at Kenka. We expect Bro. J. H. Moore 
to be with us in the near future." 



Had we weather as we commonly have at th: 
season of the year, such news as the above would 
make us feel like turning our faces southward. 
But since the Gulf Stream has changed its course 
and we are enjoying the balmy winds of the South, 
we are satisfied with our own weather. From 
where we are writing we can see our farmers in 
their fields, plowing for corn, while the birds are 
singing- as if spring-time were here. Cherry tr 
are reported to be in blossom, and we ate made to 
feel that the South is on a visit north. However, 
our winter summers are, sometimes, of short dur- 
ation, and, before the lines get into print, we may 
be shivering in a western blizzard. 



"La Gkiite," or the European influenza seemB 
; a lively hold upon our people, and is 
making a general visit throughout the country. 
Our town, with others, ia having a slight attack, 
but, with proper core, bo far, it has been but 
littl oraethan a heavy cold. Care, for a few 
days, from exposure, ia the best and safest remedy. 

The Ministerial Meeting of Middle Pennsylva- 
nia, held in the James Creek congregation, wsb 
well attended, twenty-seven ministers being pres- 
ent. The exorcises were interesting, and, we hope, 
will be productive of much good. Eld. William 
Howe was Moderator, and the sessions lasted two 
and a half days, Many practical subjects were 
diBousBed, and much good advice given. The best 
of feeling prevailed throughout, and the associa- 
tions woio pie lant, 

HONESTY OP PUBP0SE. 

There is no element in the Christian character 
like square-out honesty.- Before God we must be 
honest, an he will niako no degree of allowance for 
those who willingly distort the Truth because it 
d ■"'■ happen tosnit their notiou of things. We, 
ae a church, profess to be willing to acoept the 
■'ill, without any reservations whatever. 
Because we so profess, other churches have been 
> ii ' ':■-■('! "lih baling unwilling to accept the 

Revealed Truth, or, at least, the whole of it. This 
ia dono, we believe, iu the large majority of cases, 
with an honesty of purpose, and with the beBt of 
intentions. 

We can think of no reaeon why any church or 
any people should be unwilling to accept wholly 
that which is said to be the power of God unto 
salvation. Indeed, there can be no rational reason 
for any one's so doing; and there are but few who 
will admit that th>y are not willing to do so, as 
far as thpy fepl it, essential to salvation. The gen- 
eral excuse for not complying with certain Script- 
ural commands ie, " Our church does not do it, or 
does not deem it necessary, or has adopted a cer- 
tain practice, which, though not a Scriptural prac- 
tice, io sufficiently near it to answer the purpose." 
And with this "sufficiently near" practice they 
are satisfied, end even feel that it is a sin to do 
otherwise, because it would be doing differently 
from the adopted church practice. 

Can there be honesty of purpose in such a posi- 
tion? Can such a position be right? When it has 
reference to other churches we say, No, and we 
say it with force find great boldness. We say, No 
church has (he right to substitute something else 
when the real thing is unmistakably set forth and 
understood. Such a view is strictly orthodox; 
and while we so accept and so define for other 
churches, is it not equally true with reference to 
our own church and practice? It surely is, and 
to act otherwise is to act dishonestly; thus we 
slow ourselves to those whom we are so ready to 
condemn for doing the very same thing that we 
may do when we place an adopted custom above 
the Truth, plainly revealed. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



21, 1S9C 



-^ESSAYS* 



"ANGELS IN THE HOUSE.' 

n»r« palra of dimpled arms as white as snow 

Held me in eoft embrace; 
Three little cheeks, lfke velvet peaclies eoft. 

Were pliictd against my face. 






Three tiny pairs of rye-, tc 

Lnukcil up in mine this even; 
Three pairs of ilps kissed me a sweet " Good-.iight "— 

Three little forms from heaven. 
Ah] it h well that " little ones" should love us; 

It lights our faith, when dim, 
To know that once our blessed Savior bade them 

Bring "little ones" to him ! 
And Bald he not, '■ Of BUCh h heaven," and blessed them, 

And held them to his breast! 
Is it not sweet to know that when they leave us 

'Tie there they go to rest? 
And yet, ye tiny angels of my house, 

Three heart6 incased in mine, 
How 'twould be shattered, if the Lord should say, 
" Those angels are not thine! " 

From the " Golden Way," by Daniel Hays. 

A FEW THOUGHTS ON THE FLIGHT OF TIME. 

BY MART M. COX 

Another year with ita joys and sorrows has 
passed away. Time Hies, ob, so swiftly, aud with 
it pass our opportunities for doing good. If we 
wish to accomplish anything iu this world, we 
muBt begin to act at once. Many who were with 
us at the beginniug of the year, juBt ended, have 
passed away. Their work ou earth is ended, and 
many who have joyouBiy greeted the New Year 
will, ere it closes, ba numbered with the silent 
sleepers in the church-yard. It may be that you 
or I will be of the number. If so, could we truly 
say that wo were ready, and that we have done 
what we could? Ala3, I fear notl Oar opportu- 
nities have been neglected, and our time worse 
than wasted. 

We should reaiember that we are not our own, — 
that we are bought with the precious blood of the 
Son of God, and that the time given us here is not 
given us to be spent idly. " To-day, if you will 
hear his voice harden not your hearts." To-day 
you may seek and fiad a Savior, and have your 
sins washed away in the precious blood of Jesus, 
but tomorrow you may never see. 

Look back a few years, and let memory recall 
the many friends who have crossed to the other 
shore. It seems but yesterday since you baheld 
their faces and heard their voices, but now you 
listen in vain. They have gone the way of all the 
earth. Yes, all the earthl You, dear reader, 
must sooner or later go the same way. Knowing 
this, as we all do, how can we be so carelesB? 
How eau we neglect the one thing needful, — the 
pardon of our sins? Jesus died that you and I 
might live. He Bays, " Greater love has no man 
than this." He died not for his friends alone, but 
also for his enemies. Ha who was without sin, 
bore our sins that we might be reconciled to God, 
and obtain eternal life. If some of our earthly 
friends would do one-fourth as much for us, we 
could not be gratefal enough, yet we let days pass 
without even thinking of his love for us. We dis- 
regard his teaching, and will not lieteu to hie 
pleading voice. But the time will come when he 
will no longer plead. Mercy's door stands open 
to-day, but to-morrow it may be closed forever! 



i the awful risk 



Of all eternity?' 

Sweet Springs, Mo. 



NEW TESTAMENT GREEK. 
BY ,TAME8 M. NEFF. 

Number Nine. 
There may be a great many words whose mean- 
ing we would rather study than that of the word 
curse; but we have for some time thought that 
perhaps something new aud profitable might be 
learned in its study; and now, as we have lately 
been considering the subject oF blessings, it is per- 
haps not out of place to take np a study of the 
subject of 

curses. 

At all events we shall see what there is in the 
subject worthy of note. 

Upon examination we find that the word curse 
and its derivatives are translations of eight differ- 
ent Greek words, 

We shall first consider the Greek noun 
anathema. This word occurs but six times in the 
New Testament, being four times translated " ac- 
cused " in the Authorized Version ; but the Re- 
vised Version translates it five times " anathema." 
Still a different translation is given iu Acts 23:14, 
but this pasBago will receive attention later. 

Let us now look at Eom. 9: 3. The Authorized 
Version has it thus: "For I could wish that my- 
self were accursed from Christ for my brethren, 
my kinsmen according to the flesh." But it has 
"separated" in the margin instead of "accursed." 
It will be rernernbsivd that the Greek word here 
is the noun anathema, and not an adjective or 
participle, as the English text would seem to show. 
Now see Revised Version. It reads: 'For I 
could wish (or, 'pray' iu margin) that I my- 
self were anathema from Christ for my brethren's 
sake." 

Now look at 1 Cor. 16: 22. Authorized Version 
reads: " If any man love not the Lord Jesus 
Christ, let him be Anathema Maran-atha." The 
Revised Version says: "Let him be anathema." 
The punctuation after " anathema " shows that the 
sentence is here complete. " Marauaths," mean- 
ing " The Lord oometh " and being a sentence 
within itself, stands alone as it should. In 1 Cor. 
12: 3 and Gal. 1: 8, 9 the Authorized Version 
translates anathema "accursed." In all these 
passages the Revised Version has the word " anath- 
ema, " which, as will be observed, is an exact 
transliteration of the Greek word. 

Now this word anathema, in all these passages, 
means a person who is doomed, or devoted to the 
direst icoes, and so separated from Christ. Ec- 
clesiastical and other writars often use the terms 
"Anathema" aud "Excommunication" as syn- 
onymous. Study these passages aud see whether 
this be right. 

In Rev. 22: 3 we have the word "curse." Au- 
thorized Version says: "And there shall be no 
more curse." Revised Version says: "And there 
shall be no curse any more." (Or, no more any- 
thing accursed " in margin.) The word here is a 
translation of the Greek Katanathema, a com- 
pound of anathema, having practically the same 
meaning. The thing doomed or devoted to de- 
struction — sin — shall be no more. 

In Mark 14: 71 and Aots 23: 12, 14, 21 is found 
the verb anatkematizo from which comes our 
word " anathematize." The Authorized Version 
translates this word variously as " curse," " bind 
with a curse" and "bind with an oath." In Acts 
23: 14 the noun anathema is added to the verb 
anatkematizo, literally to " anathematize with an 
anathema." The effect of this is to give emphaBis; 
hence the translators have given us the expression, 
"bound under a great curse." The meaning of 
the word in all these passages is the same, that is, 
to doom or devote (by wish or prayer) to evil or 
destruction. 
The verb Katanathematizo, a compound of the 



verb just considered, appears but once, in Matt. 24 
74 There is no difference in meaning unless ; 
be that the latter is a little more emphatic or fn 
of meaning. Matthew applies the latter and Mar 
the former to Peter. It is as if Peter had saic 
" I pray that I may be doomed to the direst woe 
if I know this man of whom ye speak." 

In Romans 3: 14 Paul speaks of the mouth t 
the ungodly as being " full of cursing and bittei 
ness." The word " cursing " is here a translatio 
of the Greek noun ara which means bitter n 
proach or invocations of evil. 

A compound of ara (Katara) appears si 
times in the Epistles and means a doom, as to d< 
struction or other evil. Only once is it appliec 
as is anathema, to the one doomed to evil. Se 
Ga). 3: 13. Compare Authorized and Revise 
versions of 2 Peter 2: 14, 

From this ie the verb Kataraomai, meauin 
" lo wish a curse against," the expression of thf 
wish being always implied. At Mark 11: 21 th 
wish or prayer was immediately answered and th 
result made visible. That part cf the verse t 
Matt, 5: 4£, including this word, is omitted in th 
Revised Version. Compare the two version 
here. The word cccurs but five times in the Ne 
Testament. 

But the last and most important word which w 
now have to consider is hdkologeo. It is mot 
important because it teaches the most importar 
lesEon. This word means literally, to speak ev 
of. See Mark 9: 39 and Acts 19: 9, where thi 
same word is so translated. The word occurs bi 
four times, twice- translated to speak evil of, in th 
passages above referred to, and twice (Matt. 15: < 
Mark 7: 10) translated to curse. Compare Re 
vised Version here. 

MARK THIS. It is now proved that to spea 
evil is to curse. You have long considered ciin 
ing a very bad practice. You arc right in thi- 
It is. But let us stop uow and aek ourselve 
whether we are not guilty. Do we ever speak ev: 
of our brethren, sisters, neighbors or enemies 

If so, then are we guilty, — yes, guilty of the ti 
of cursing. Can it bo that any of us are in th 
habit of cursing? We believe in obeying " th 
whole low." Ifc is explicit here. " Speak not ev: 
one of another, brethren." " Bless and curse not. 

Covington, Ohio. 

AN EXPLANATION WANTED. 

Numher Two. 
S. S. Hohler, 

Dear Brother: — 

Permit me to thank you for yovj 
very kind and brotherly reply, in Messenger N< 
49, pages 772 and 773, to my criticism in the sam 
paper, under the above caption, " Au Explanatio 
Wanted." 

As the subject is an important one in ever 
sense of the word, and as I fail to fully compre 
hend your views on the same, I propose, if agree 
able to you and the editors of the Messenger, I 
continue a further investigation of the subject, 
propose this, not for discussion's sake, but with 
view to ascertain, if possible, the exact truth o 
God's Word, respecting a matter of such vital an 
fundamental importance. I am desirous of ha\ 
ing my views thoroughly discussed and put to th 
test on the subject, and I do not see how any pot 
sible harm could result from a further discussio 
of so important a subject, exoept aa it might sti 
up the controversial spirit of some of the corre 
spondents of the Messenger on other thing* 
Such a result, however, is hardly likely, providei 
we both manifest a Christian spirit in oa 
exchange and interchange of views on the subjeol 
Lot me suggest, therefore, that we practicall; 
demonstrate that views and differences on relig 
iouB topics may be disoussed without becoming ei 



Jan. 21, 1880. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



asperated, and made to say ugly or unchristian 
things of eaoh other, a? is so often, I am sorry 
to say, the oase in religious journals. With this 
introductory, and praying that the Spirit of God 
may direct ns aright in oursearoh of the Truth as 
it is in Jesus, I will now confine myself to a dis- 
onssion of the subject. 

I. QUESTIONS PROPOUNDED AND ANSWERED. 

In the fifth paragraph of your reply you ask, 
among other things, the following pertinent and 
vital question: "Is Christ any more to us in the 
garden, or his death on the cross, than in the 
oommand to wash feet or to baptize? " 

I answer, my dear brother, in so far as the mere 
personality of Christ is concerned, he is the same 
in the one as he is in the other; there is no differ- 
ence whatever, but as a personal and divine Sav- 
ior to all and for all he is more, by far, to us, in the 
garden and on the cross, than he is in the com- 
mand to wash feet or to baptize What has ei- 
ther baptism or feet-washing to do with the salva- 
tion of the little child in its mother's arms? 
Fundamentally speaking, nothing whatever; and 
yet that little child, according to God's own Word, 
must have a personal and divine Savior, or be lost. 
Humanity, whether big or little, is so utterly in 
disharmony with God and his righteous govern- 
ment, that nothing, I repeat nothing— absolutely 
NOTHING but the vicarious life, sufferings and 
death of the Son of God on the cross is, or can be, 
fundamentally speaking, meritorious of our salva- 
tion, even down to the veriest child in the moth- 
er's arras. 

I will now adduce a few passages of Scripture 
from Rom 5: 8-12, which read as follows: "But 
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while 
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, much 
more then, being now justified by his blood, we 
shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, 
when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God 
by the death of his Son, much more, being recon- 
ciled, we shall be saved by hie life." Now let us 
connect, with the foregoing passages of Soripture, 
the following, Rom. 5: 12; "Wheiefore, as by one 
man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; 
and so death passed upon all men, for that all 
have sinned." Also in Rom. 3: 23, " We all have 
sinned, and come short of the glory of God 

Now what, we ask, do the foregoing texts of 
Scripture lead us to conclude? This, plainly this, 
my brother, that the whole human family, whether 
children or adults, are under the curse of God's 
divine and holy law, and that, to save either, a 
divine atonement for sin was an essential neces- 
sity. " It was therefore necessary that the pat- 
terns of things in the heavens should be purified 
with these," speaking of the use of the blood un- 
der the Old Dispensation, and as having reference 
to Christ, as we read in Heb. 9: 24-26: "For 
Christ is not entered into the holy places made 
with hands, whioh are the figures of the true; but 
into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence 
of God for us; for then must he often have suffer- 
ed since the foundation of the world; but now 
once in the end of the world hath he appeared to 
put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." Ap- 
pend to all the foregoing the following relevant 
and vitally significant passages of Scripture, 
which must be aceonnted for in some way or other: 
" In whom we have redemption through his blood, 
even the forgiveness of sins." Col. 1:14. "With- 
out the shedding of blood ia no remission." Heb. 
9:22. 

Now, in the light of such an array of Scripture 
testimony, your question, my brother, is easily 
answered: "Is Christ any more to ub in the 
garden, or in his death on the cross, than in the 
command to wash feet or to baptize?" In the 
one he is simply the example to his people, and 



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as answering the demands of a righteous law, 
whioh required his obedience in all things; in the 
other he is an infinite, divine, and holy Savior, 
without which even the veriest babe, as we havo 
already proved, could not be saved. 

But now, to bring the point fairly nnd promi- 
nently before us,— for, after all, we may not differ 
essentially if we only rightly understand eaoh 
other,— that nothing we can do, though we are 
commanded to do it, is meritorious of our salva- 
tion. The commands of God, whether "Love 
God with all thy heart, and thy neighbor as thy- 
self," or to be baptized, to wash feet, or. whatever 
we may choose to oall God's commands, may be 
and are, under certain circumstances, condition 
of salvation, but in no case,— mark the language,- 
meritorious of salvation. I preaoh baptism and 
feet-washing unhesitatingly and without fear 
shame, but in no case oan I preach theBe thii 
or any other act of obedience, as meritorious of 
our salvation, for I reoognize the fact, fundamen- 
tally speaking, that anything we may or can do, 
can not merit salvation; that part belongs to 
Christ, and to Christ only, as the apostle Peter 
well observes, " Ye were not redeemed with cor- 
ruptible things, suoh as silver and gold, . . . 
but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb 
without blemish and without spot." 1 Pet. 1: 18, 
19. " When we have done all we can do," says 
the apostle elsewhere, " we are unprofitable serv- 
ants; we havo only done what was our duty to do." 
Now if, after we havo done all wo can do, we are 
still unprofitable servants, oan you tell me by 
what means we are to be Eaved? By and through 
the merits of Christ's death, certainly, just as the 
Word of God teaohes from beginning to end. 

I am sure, my brother, you do not make the 
proper distinction between the words conditions 
and merits, as applied to our salvation. The two 
terms ought not to be used alike when speakipg 
in reference to the divine atonement made for sin 
by Christ upon the croBS. 

Now, under the old covenant or dispensation, 
the conditions of salvation were quite different, 
as you well know, from what they are under the 
present dispensation, but so far as the merits of 
salvation are concerned there is no difference be- 
tween Jews or Gentiles; the merit for the one 
had to be the merit for the other, and this holds 
good in each and every case. The child, as we 
have proved, is saved meritoriously, in every 
sense of the word, for it oan not comply with con- 
ditions. Adults, on the other hand, though con- 
ditions of salvation are plainly stipulated, for " he 
that believeth not shall be damned," Mark 16: 16, 
are also saved meritoriously. How so? I an- 
swer, God's Word says so. Notice what Paul 
says about it: " Now we know that what things so- 
ever the law saith, it saith to them that are under 
the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and 
all the world may become guilty before God. 
Therefore by the deeds of tho law there shall no 
flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law 
is the knowledge of sin." Rom. 3: 19, 20. Under 
whatsoever law or rule of conduct, therefore, we 
may hope for salvation, we are hampered on every 
side with the consciousness of being so averse to 
God's will, and in such utter disharmony with his 
moral government, that nothing but the perfect 
life and the perfect death of the Son of God in 
our behalf can give us any possible ground of 
hope. Hence it is that, while we are to exercise 
"repentance towards God, and faith in the Lord 
Jesus Christ," and even obedience to all known 
commands, as conditions of salvation, we are, aft- 
er all, saved meritoriously, "for by grace are ye 
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: 
it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any 
man should boast." Eph. 2: 8, 9. 
works, lest any man should boast." 



stings to the quick of our self-pridel But God's 
Word says it, and " though all men be found li- 
ars, let God be true." 

The whole differenoo between you and me, as I 
perceive it, my brother, is this, You use the word 
merit in connection with the things we are to do 
to be eaved, while I want to give all the merit to 
CHBI8T, So I understand Rev. 5:9. In short, I 
understand the wholo Book of God to give the 
glory of our salvation, out and out, to Christ. 
Understand, I mean meritoriously in the funda- 
mental sense in whioh Christ lived and died for 
us. Can you prove to the contrary? 

One thought more. In the ninth paragraph of 
your artiolo you say, " If, then, it is true,— as all 
who believe the GoBpel admit,— that Christ's mis- 
sion was not to do his own will, but the will of the 
Father who sent him,— if that will put merit into 
one, it puts merit iuto all lie did and said, bear- 
ing on the great purpose of man's reconciliation 
to God." 

This paragraph, as I understand it, and the oth- 
ors following it, makes mo believe still more that 
you want to make it appear that there is merit of 
salvation in our obedience to God's oommands. 
Am I right? If I am right in the inference, let 
mo say, as I have already said, that no obedience 
of any kind, on our part, has merit in the funda- 
mental seuso of our redemption. Only this oan 
be Baid of obedience to God's Word, it is a condi- 
tion of salvation, but tho merit, or tho one who is 
to have the glory of our salvation, whether we be - 
Jews or Gentiles, men or ohildren of any tribe or 
nation, is Christ, and Christ only, whose PERFECT 
obedience, even unto death upon the cross, is now 
imputed unto all who love, trust and obey God to 
the extent of their knowledge and understanding 
of God's Word, as the all-essential and God-satis- 
fying atonement for the sins of tho whole world, 
tltince it is that God oan save us, who oan never 
render to him a perfect obedience, either from 
cause of ignorance or moral depravity, for "there 
is not," says tho Word of God, " a just man on 
the earth that doeth good, and Binneth not." "If 
we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, 
and the truth is not in us," 1 John 1: 8. Christ 
is juBt, and the jaetifier of them "who believe in 
Jesus." Rom. 3: 26. Repent, believe, obey only 
constitute the stipulated conditions of salvation, 
while tho merit of. our salvation is found in the 
perfect obodience and vicarious death of the 
world's Savior, " by whoso stripes," praise the 
Lord, " we are healed." Is. 53: 5. 

Thus it will bo Been, my brother, I insist on the 
obedience of the Gospel as a condition of salva- 
tion, but not as being meritorious of our salva- 
tion in the fundamental sense of our redemption, . 
and I think if you will closely investigate my po- 
sition, and carefully contrast thajtwo words, CON- 
DITION and merit, as applied to salvatioD, you will 
say, "Bro. Meyers is right in his conclusions." 
•T. T. Meyers. 
Oaks, Pa. 

REPLY, 



My Bear Brother: — 
After reading your No. 2, I frankly confess 
my perplexity as to who is iu the mist,— whether 
I failed to elucidate my subject clearly, or wheth- 
er my doar brother, J. T. M., failed to get the idea 
of it. I am inclined to the latter. I feel, at least, 
quite certain that, in noither of my articles, did I 
suggest tho proposition you refute, viz., that there 
is merit, fundamentally as such, in any act of obe- 
dience we can render to the commands of Christ. 
I oan unqualifiedly endorse your proof texts and ar- 
guments against snch a proposition. I distinctly 
and repeatedly attributed all the merit, belonging 
to any part of the economy of grace, exclusively 

" Not of j to the will of God, the Father. 

How that J There is just as much, no more, merit in obey- 



36 

ing the will of the Father iu tbo command given 
by Christ to baptize, and wash fo-t, etu, as in the 
will of God, under the command to Joshna at Jer- 
icho, with the Israelites, m give I in the Bible ac- 
count, for the ovprtbrow of its walls. The power, 
or merit, that secured the overthrow of the walls 
did not depend, as at I admit, upon their act of 
obedience to the will of God, but would the walls 
have fallen, if they had not obeyed? No; all will 
aay that their overthrow was due to the power of 
God's will, which the Israelites secured only be- 
cause ttiyy obeyed the will of God; the power, 
therefore, was in God's Word. 

If Christ, as a divine Savior, and the world's 
Redeemer, as such, ia not a product of the will of 
God, and if all his life and ministries in the world, 
his death and resurrection, thus completing the 
redemption of man, was not a clear aud full rep- 
resentation of the one Supreme Will to which 
Christ gave himself, and for which he consented 
to be "made n little lower than the augels," then 
I confess ray inability to understand what the 
Savior means, when he himself declares that this 
was his mission "not to do his own will, but the 
will of him which sent him;" neither can I under- 
stand Phil. 2: 6-13 inclusive. 

If, bowever, all of this work is the will of the 
Father, then each separate part o£ it, beginning 
with his first preaching, " saying that men should 
repent," forms a part of th^ whole, and all the 
power, merit aud essentiality there is in the whole 
of it must be proportion-illy distribute! to all of 
its parte, and all attributed to the fact that 
eaoh separate part of it is the will of God, as 
much so as that the whole of it continued is the 
will of God, which is, by Paul, iu Rom. 1 :16, said 
to be "the power of God unto salvation." 

If I, then, reject baptism, fe^t-washing, or any 
other thing commanded by Christ, I thereby re- 
ject the will and the power of Gjd ou thut paint. 
If I obey, then on every command 1 secure the 
will and the power of God there ia in it. Is, 
therefore, the power or tho merit in my act? No, 
it is in the Word of God, — the same as in the 
case of Joshua before Jericho, but can I get that 
power or merit if I do not obey? Can I get the 
merit there is, iu the will of God combined, in the 
sum total of the scheme of redemption, if I reject 
any of its parts? 

To make this point more clear I ask, If the will 
of God was not, that Christ should die for the sios 
of the world, and if it was not his will that his 
blood should be as a cleansing fountain in that 
case, would the blood of Ghriut be any more meri- 
torious than any other blood? All must say, No. 
What, then, puts any meritorious power in that 
blood? It can have no other answer tlian, " The 
will of God gives it all the merit there is iu it." 
Was not Christ subordinate iu his will to the will 
of the Father? He was. That leaves this propo- 
sition clear. 

Take away the will of the Father from the com- 
mand of Jesus to be baptized, and would baptism 
be of any more benefit, in any sense to us, than 
any other bathing? Would we have any other 
reason to urge its observance? No, we say to 
both. Why, then, do we urge it? Because Christ 
so revealed to us the Father's will, find on this 
will he commanded it. If I reject that will on 
any point, taught by Christ before his death, I 
show myself rebellious to the will of God, the 
Father, and this rebellion, since I aul left nnder 
sin, will entail consequences as fearful as if I 
counted "the blood of the covenant " "an unholy 
thing." But if I obey from the heart I shall 
made free from sin. 

I ask again, " Is the merit or power iu my act 
of obeying.by which I am made thus free? " No, 
far from it; it is in the will of God to which I 
submitted. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 

You make a distinction between "merit" and 
" condition " Taking tho eense in which you 
made the distinction I would ask, What is a con- 
dition, if there is nothing iu it? But I know 
you mean to say that the condition you had before 
your mind has something in it, — something good. 
Well, what is that good? Had we not as well 
call it merit or worth? How did that good thing 
get there? God's will certainly put it there! So, 
after all, the terms are approximately synonymous. 
I invite your attention to the sixth, paragraph of 
my reply to your first, in which the3e words oc- 
cur, "It was and is the Father's will that tho sacri- 
fice of the body of Christ and the shedding of his 
blood should be accepted as meeting the demands 
of a broken law, and to open the atoning fountain 
for sin and uncleannesa." 

This is the essence of all tho texts you quote to 
how that redemption, the forgiveness of sins and 
reconciliation to God is due io the blood of Christ, 
his vicarious suffering, etc. All this is fully ad- 
mitted, on my part, in my previous article?. Now, 
supposing it were not tho Father's will that 
Christ's suffering and death should stand for all 
it now Btands for, would it still be of effect, — to 
reconcile Gcd to uitm, and man to his God? Aft- 
er all, the meritorious effect ascribed and belong- 
ing to this atoning work rests upon the will of the 
Father. 

That part of my fifth paragraph whiih you 
quoie, I based upoa the fact admitted that the 
blood of Christ does all that the Scriptures at- 
tribute to it. I meant by it to say, as I think it 
i say, but, perhaps, a Iittln disjointodly, that 
Christ is the anointed of God to us, as much so 
in one thing as iu another. Of all he eaid or did 
his mission into this world, he is the Christ, 
the anointed of God to us, in the command to 
baptize and w^sh tli9 saints' feet, etc., as well as 
iu the gadeu or on the cro33, and for that reason 
comparisons between this aud that, said or done, 
have no place. In all things he " was about hia 
Father's business," manifesting the Father's will, 
which, having merit, runs through all of the min-' 
istry, teaching, commands, suffering, and death of 
Jesus, the Christ. 

The tendency of the age is to put aud to keep God, 
the Father, altogether out of view in the work of 
redemption and in the economy of grace, as if 
Christ responds to ne one outside of himself in the 
blessed and important work, making him supreme 
in purpose and means, and then to limit even his 
work in importance to tho shedding of his blood, 
to the exclusion of his teaching, and to the ex- 
clusion of God as an interested party. This, in a 
very restricted sense, might do if only the physi- 
cally dead Bhould become the beneficiaries of the 
work. 

My attempt is to show that Christ ie not alcne 
in the work, but that God, tho Father, was moved 
with mercy to save the lost, and intrusted the 
work to redeem man to Christ, who subordinated 
his will to the will of the Father. He then per- 
fected the work, and, in the likeness of men, "he 
was tempted in all points aB we are," and served 
the Father faithfully to the death on the cross. The 
Scripture so prominently associates the Father's 
will with all the work of Christ in tho atonement 
and economy of grace, that there can be no sever- 
ance of the Father and Son in this work. When 
the will of the Father is seen and expressed, as it 
applies to living men, capable of choice and deed, 
there will be found the life-giving, controlling, 
saving power. This only is found in the teaching 
and commandments of Jesus, the Christ and in 
his atoning and mediatorial work. 

My position, in my previous articles is, as I 
fully believe, the position of the Brethren church, 
that all the commandments are God's appointed 
[means, through which the saving power and 



Jan. 21, 1890. 

merits of his will may be imparted to those who 
belibve and obey, upon the same principle that 
the sacrifice and blood of Christ ere clothed with 
merit to the same end. Neither can be rejected 
without losing the foundation, — the will of God, — 
upon which all the work of Christ and the promis- 
es of the Gospel rest. 

As to innocent, uneonscious babes, these do not 
need forgiveness, as they are, as I assuredly al- 
low, fully provided for in the atonement that re- 
moved tho curse. Even this is only true because 
the will of God decided that this should be eo. 
Apart from this, death would yet reign, as it did 
from Adam to Moses 

Whatever, merit, therefore, is needed that man 
may, in some sense, stand as just before God, and 
be treated as such, must be an imputed merit. 
Such is fundamentally only in God, and it speaks 
out to the lost in all the work of Christ, requiring 
men to believe and obey, and, in its richest forms, 
to crown our hopee. It speaks from the garden, 
the cross and vacant tomb of the Lamb, slain at 
the foundation of the world. 

If there yet remains any point not clear to your 
mind, or if you perceive any dangerous error in 
the views set forth, I shall be glad to hear from 
you, and notice it, eo long as our dear brethren of 
the press consent to the use of their columns on 
the subject. But I do not see how I can explain 
tho subject, if it is not yet clear. 

Cornelia, Mo. 



THE HIDDEN LIFE.-l John 4: 16. 
BY C. H, BALSBAUGH. 

Well Beloved in the Christ of God: — 

We need more than Webster to get the 
true definition of words. God's vocabulary must 
be interpreted by God's Spirit. We may memo- 
rize tho whole Bible and not know one syllable ac- 
cording to the mind that was iu Christ Je3ua. I 
am afraid of my own heart, afraid of my own 
mind, they are " deceitful above all things," and 
can make life seam luminous aud lovely, while 
the true light and true beauty are unknown and 
uurevealed. The flesh has a gross, repulsive form, 
and also an aspect that looks so like the very 
"beauty of holiness" that many mistake it for 
" pure religion and midefiled before God and the 
Father." James 1: 27. To be born again is more 
than changing one's mind and conduct in the 
power of will and the intellectual conception of 
righteousness. No one is capable, in the utmost 
concentration and exertion of the soul's native 
energies, to effect a change radical enough to con- 
stitute regeneration. Not only must we be born 
anew, but God Himself must be the Generator, 
and no less the very life of the new being. A 
child of God is not a child of the Devil, patched 
up into moral respectability, but a very incarna- 
tion of the Holy Trinity. 

To see Jesus ia to see the Father, and to know 
both is Eternal Life. John 14: 9, 10, and 17: 3. 
By one Spirit we have access unto the Father 
through the Son. Eph. 2: 18. By nature we are 
dead in trespasses and sins, and must be quickened 
by the Spirit of God. Eph. 2: 1; John 5: 24; Col. 
2: 13. By Grace we are dead to sin, and our life 
is hid with Christ in God." Col. 3: 3. We live 
because Christ lives. John 14: 19. "Let no 
flesh glory iu His presence." " He that glorieth, 
let him glory in the Lord'' 1 Cor. 1: 29-31. 

Christ is the head of every man a3 Creator and 
Rsdeemer. 1 Cor. 11: 3; Eph. 1: 22. No Christ, 
no Christian. No God, no Christ. " That they all 
may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in 
Thee, that they also may be one in Us." John 
17: 21. The Christian's life is resurrection-lite, 
and that is pure God-life. Crucified with Christ, 
risen with Him, living by and in Him, knowing 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



37 



nothing but this Crucified One, we have no right 
to Btep backward on the other side of the cross, 
and live in the unorucifiod life. This is the be- 
liever's warfare, to live the life Gad givep, when, 
by faith, we accept His Son as our Prophet, Priest 
and King, and keep the flesh in the position in 
which the cross places it. 

Christ was made sin, and when Ho died, sin 
died. When He rose there was au end of sin and 
condemnation. To believe iu Him is to Btand 
where He now stands, God having no more to tay 
against us than against Him. "The glorious 
liberty of the children of God," is that tlioy are to 
"reckon themselves as being dead indeed unto sin, 

but, ALIVE UNTO OOD THIiOOGIi JESUS CqBIST OUB 

Lord." Dan. !): 24; 2 Cor. 5: 21; Rom. 8:1-3- 
Eph. 1: 6; Col. 2: 10; Rom. 6: It. 

Our standing is much better than our state. 
In the first there is no difference be: a 
true believer and Jesus Christ. " As He is, so are 
tee in this world." 1 John 17. By faith weave 
"justified from all things," and " have peace 
with God through our Lord Jesus Ohrist" Acts 
13: 39; Rom. 5: 1. 

Christ's life satisfied the absolute claims of the 
law as to obedience; His death equally satieties 
all its demands as to penalty. Nothing, absolute- 
ly nothing remains for God to charge against 
the believer in Him who has thus completely ex- 
hausted u!l commandments, all retribution, al! 
that love can desire, all that holiness and right- 
eousness can require. 

This is our standing; what is oar state? Does 
it correspond? Here the truly awakened, ingenu- 
ous, contrite, sin-hatiug, truth-loving heart bursts 
with shame and self-reproach, and agony. 

When we contemplate the " riches of His mercy, 
and the great love wherewith He loved us," even 
to the awful sacrifice of the cross, giving Hia only 
begotten, His well. beloved, His coetemal, co- 
equal Son to suffer and atone for ouu sins, what 
ought our state to be? God's ideal in His Son, 
and its reproduction in us by His Spirit, are not 
meant to be so far apart that neither the world 
nor ourselves can msko out whether one i 



with the Son's work for us and the Spirit's work 
inns, there is truly "joy unspeakable and full 
of glory," for it is the very joy of Divine Love 
taking its fill of holy rapture in the consumma- 
tion of " the Eternal Purpose whioh He purposed 
in Christ Jesus our Lord." 1 Pet. 1: 8, ami Eph 
3:11. 

This is Ihe only life that has true, abidiug joy 
iu it, because it is no other than the life of " the 
Holy One that iuhabiioth Eternity." The same 
Spirit that originated, fashioned, sustained, per- 
fected, glorified Ernmiuuel'is tire genesis aud 
consummation aud eternal bsatitude of the be- 
liever. The Ohristiau has no interest, no aim, no 
pleasure, ap3rt from Christ. The Godniau is the 
Head out or which onmes all his thought, affeo- 
tion, power, paaoe, joy. The true members of 
His body are a " little tlook;" the parasites many. 
What is our lite? Mine? Thine? Does it spell 
self, or is it clearly prououueed OHRIST. 2 
Cor. 5: 15. 

Union Deposit, Pa. 



FAMILY WORSHIP. 



BY ANNA HI niilCK. 



of the other. Justification is instantaneous, while 
sanctification is progressive. But the Holy Ora. 
cles abundantly declare that in our adjustment 
with God by faith iu Christ, there is such a degree 
of likeness to Him that Heaven and earth can 
discern the lineaments oE our Divine Kinship. 
" The exceeding greatness of His power to usward 
who belieae, in reproducing His mighty power 
which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him 
from the dead," must be the oviden.oe to ourselves 
and the world, tliat we are the children of God. 
Eph. 1: 19, 20. This is the Divine meaning of 
the "now" in 1 John 3: 2. The "shall be " in 
the same verse is reserved for the fulfillment of 
Philpp. 3: 20, 21; John 17: 24; Rom. 8: 18. 

Have we "the witness in ourselves" that 
Christ is "our life," and does the world "take 
knowledge of us " that we are identified with " God 
manifest in the flesh?" Dare we reiterate," in 
the sight of Gjd," the bold " but " and its belong- 
ings, of Paul, in the closing sentence of 2 Cor. 4: 2. 
Works have nothing to do w.th our jmtifija- 
tion, but everything with our state and growth. 
All is by faith, but wo can not worit without life, 
any more than we can get life without faith. 
The believer works easily and abundantly because 
all hia impulses spriug from the life which is es- 
sential aud eternal Love. 

To work for life must be an eternal failure, 
to work by life is to draw on the fullness of 
God in Christ by the Spirit at every step, and in 
every movement. " Eaith worketh by love," which 
is God working in us to will and to do of His good 
pleasure." 



The power attached to this form oE worship 
oan not be compreheal.il by finite minds. To 
think we are too busily engaged in worldly aud 
minor affaire, to have a season of family worship, 
is erroneous. Love aud gratitude should continu- 
ally burn upon the altar of our hearts We should 
arise from our lethargy and have the armor of 
God kept bright, and our love to God heightened, 
by family worship. 

The morning is the^ most appropriate time to 
approach our Creator around tho family altar. 
Then you are refreshed by the night's repose and 
all nature seems animated. Beginning with earn- 
est prayer, the day may be spent with greater ease. 
Your soul reposes in the undying powers of the 
Almighty. 

Too many think that duty hardly gives them 
copy I time to perform family worship, especially in the 



urning because of 

He was pursued 

hia son. Only in 

cy oan he find the 



Such should r fleet upon their cond 
tion. Supposing God would have dealt with us 
according to our deservings, perhaps long ere 
this we would have been where mercy is a stran- 
ger. Time spent iu worship is never lost. We are 
showing honor by never neglecting to pay homage 
to the Almighty. While yon are offering your 
morning sacrifice, \our neighbor may gain a 
league, but if prajer is your chart and compass, 
you will bo the winner. 

To make family worship interesting to all, aud 
make it a success, you should have system about 
it. Each member of the family should have a 
book and read the Scripture lesson in turn. Such 
an exercise will wield an influence on even the 
smallest member oE the family. Those who have 
not yet established a family altar, should do so at 
once. God will bless them. 

Midland, Va, 



deploring his trouble, mourned with him. And 
so, with heavy hearts, they wended their way be- 
yond the brook Kidron, over Mount Olivet, down 
to the Jordan. Some of his enemies who were 
true to the house of Saul, oaraed him 
down the Bteep defile leading to the : 

What an eventful life history! The lowly shep- 
herd lad became the great king who subdued all 
the nations round about. His heart was light 
whou ho followed the sheep to green pastures; 
now he says, "all thy waves aud thy billows are 
gone over me " " Why go I m 
the oppression of the enemy? ' 
by enemies,— even by Absalom 
the deep, wide lake of God's oi< 
waters of life and consolation. 

In this world, so full of hypocrisy, hearllessness 
aud baseness, it is worthy of uote when friends 
are faithful; — true whan they see us in the sun- 
shine of prosperity, and true also iu the dark days 
of adversity. David had suoh a friend in Hushai. 

Very often iu our spiritual career we start off 
ou a very dark path, — we are impelled forward. 
We know that the Lord preserves the way oE his 
saints. Alono and forsaken, traveling toward the 
way of loo wildern iss what w mder that the Bpirit 
fails, that we Ealter and look back, fearing the spec- 
tresof trouble aud misfortune that follow us in this 
dreary way. Wearily we go forward, though we 
oansoaroely see oar way through the tangle of 
doubts aud perplexities that obsoare it. We are 
humblenow ami, though the way of tho wilder- 
na-s is a hard road, w.e taru uot aside, knowing 
well that it is Gol who his directed our steps, 
aud that they are leading to the foot oE the cross. 
It is well for us if our lives here have been spent 
iu the wilderness,— if, at last, we oan step into the 
elysiau fields of the glorified. 

" I dare not choose mvself the way, 
I wouhl not, If I might; 

Make Ltion my cho , Ohl lead me on, 

And I shall ,v.,!k aright, 

The path where thou lead >6l m - 

Surely is beet. 

Toougli dark it may seem to be, I shall be blest, 

Lead me, O Lord, h im lo thy rest," 



A SELF-HEAVEN. 



THE WAY OF THE WILDERNESS. 

BY LIZZIE H. DELI'. 

"And all the country wept'wlth aloud voice, and all the 
pe >p'e passed over: the king also himself- passed over the 
brook Kidron, and ali the people passed over, toward the way 
of the wilderness." — I Sam. 15: 23 

David, the kiug, stepped down from his throne, 
laid aside all emblems of royalty, then left Jeru- 
salem and started on his journey toward the way 
of the wilderness. No glittering crown was to be 
seen, no brilliant procession heralded his coming. 
A few were loyal to their king. His old guard, 
ho had beeu with him in Gath, attended hi 



In a truly consecrated heart self occupies but a 
small place. IE one loves hia God supremely, and 
his neighbor as himself, he will have a great deal 
to care for besides his own hopes for the future. 
It is right, indeed, to hope for heaven, but it is 
possible that oven this hope may be tainted. It 
is a hope merely to escape the penalties of siu, a 
hope to reach a place where there will be no more 
trouble, and whore there will be an uudefined con- 
dition which we call happiness, with regard for 
nothing but the thiugs that have been named, or, 
to sum it all up iu a word, if the heaven hoped for 
is a self-heavoo, that hope has an unsavory odor 
about it. — Set. 

Do I rejoice in the blessed thought that there 
is, through Christ, forgiveness with God for every 
one who is penitent? Have I confessed my sins 
to him, asking for pardon, and for grace to for- 
sake them? Do I mourn my sins of omission, as 
well as those of commiesiun — taking to myself the 
blame, aud not endeavoring to excuse or extenu- 
ate my sinfulness by throwing the blame on others, 
on circumstances, or on the force of temptation? 
Does pardoning grace make mo humble, as well as 
devoutly thankful?— Set 



When God and the sonl are mutually pleased I now. Their king was bareheaded. Hia friends, I ing them." 



There is a burden cf care in getting riobes; 

fear in keeping them; temptation in using them; 

It iu abusing them;EOirow in losing them; and 

den of account at last to be given conoern- 



THE aOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 21, 1890. 



THE WORK OF THE DIFFERENT OFFICERS 
OF THE CHURCH. 

OB UIl'K. 

"And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, sec- 
ondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then 
gifts oi healings, h^elpa, governments, diversities of tongues." 

— 1 Or, i 

"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and 
some, evangellsl ;nnd >me, pasto n id ■■ n ( . re."— Eph, 4: 

The apostle, in bie letters to those charchps, 
spenks of the specif 1 ealli in tbie work, for the 
perfecting of the saints and for (lie work of the 
ministry. Each one's pari, was assigned, nod each 
one, working in harmony with his calling, was to 
work to the edifying of the body of Cbri&t, — " the 
churoh." 

There should bo in the church a unity in spirit 
and purpose, for tho upbuilding of Christ's king- 
dom, and the spreading of the Gospel. As we 
look at tho language of the npostlee, we are strong- 
ly impressed with tho idea that each one has a 
special work to do, and when he does that, there 
is not much time to attend to another one of tho3e 
callings. 

This seems to have bojn the rule in the work of 
redemption. The Father, the Son, and the Holy 
Spirit, -each one had their part of the work to do 
in the plan of salvation,— tho Father gives com- 
mand, the Son obeys, and the Holy Spirit sanc- 
tions (or sanctifies). Wo snail notice the duty of 
an elder or pastor in this article. 

Webster defines the duty of pastor as being (1) 
a shepherd; (2) a settled minister of the Gospel; 
hence the definition of "pastor" will apply also 
in the case of an elder, who also has the. care or 
oversight of a congregation. See 1 Pet. 2: 25, 
"For ye were as sheep going aBtray; but are now 
returned unto tho shepherd and bishop o? your 
souls." Ezekiel, in the 34th chapter, represents 
to us emblems of men. As sheep need a shepherd, 
so men, in a civil state, require a ruler, governor, 
or legislator. It is the same in the associated 
state with believers in Christ. No church or so- 
ciety conld long subsist without pastors. Christ 
oalls himself the Good Shepherd. John 10: 14. 

We will now notice some of the duties of an eld- 
er or pastor. 

1. It is his imperative duty, as an elder, to take 
care of the congregation over which he has the 
oversight. A shepherd ie one that must be with 
his flock, to watch over it and see that no ene- 
my enter into the fold and destroy it. He 
must feed it with the sincere milk of the Word. 
JesuB said to Peter, "Feed my lambs." John 21: 
15-17. The apostle Paul called the elders togeth- 
er at Miletum, and charged them to feed the 
churoh of God. Acts 20: 23. Peter said to the 
elders, "Feed the flock of God which is among 
yon, taking the oversight thereof." 

From the foregoing Scriptures it seems that a 
paBtor or elder, having charge of a church, should 
devote about all of his time to the work. An eld- 
er Btands bb the foreman or head of the church, 
and to him all look for counsel. It is his duty to 
preach and exhort, — to admonish members to do 
their duty. It is his duty to visit them, and to 
encourage them to make greater efforts toward 
holiness. If any should be afflicted, ho should 
meet with them, and have a season of worship to 
cheer them in their troubles and distress. If any 
are lagging back and getting lukewarm, he should 
meet them kindly and oucourage them to make 
more noble efforts in serving the Lord. When 
difficulties arise, it is the duty of the elder to be 
careful, lest he become partial in his rulings, or 
use harsh and unbecoming words. His speech 
should be seasoned with grace. 

The office of a bishop or elder is a high calling, 



bince he administers the holy oracles of God to 
his congregation. He also may assist the neigh- 
boring churches in council, helping them to ad- 
just their difficulties or troubles, assist in holding 
elections, installing members into their offices, or- 
ganizing churches, and attending to other duties 
demanded of him. I believe the work is one that 
requires about all the time of tho elder, if h^ ful- 
fills his calling, especially if he has care of a large 
congregation. He must devote much of his time 
to the study of the rules by which he may be able 
to govern them, that they may become strong men 
and. women to fight the battles of the Lord. 

2. I do not believe an elder can feed the flock 
and watch over it, and care for its spiritual 
wants, and go out as an evangelist, and spend one- 
third or more of his time away from hie congre- 
gation. In his absence troubles may come up 
that require prompt attention. Delay might 
make it hazardous to the members, and bring 
much trouble upon the church. 

There is a special work for each one of the offi- 
cers of the church in his respective calling. Web- 
ster defines an evangelist to be "one not having 
charge of a church, neither allowed to administer 
the Eucharist." This definition will apply to the 
minister in the second degree. Such a minister 
can go forth with his whole heart in the work, 
without the care of a church on his mind, and do 
the work of an evangelist. 

We all know that a well-organized company, 
owning a manufactory, has a manager to oversee 
the entire work. When any one has business 
with the firm, he must see the manager about it. 
If he should be absent, it makes a delay of his 
business, and, sometimes, a financial loss. 

Again, we have a class of professional men, 
called physicians. They have their various 
branches of operation, which they have made a 
specialty. It is the business of one man to treat 
the eye, that of another the ear, etc. Each one 
attends to that part of his profession which he 
has made a special study. In that way he may 
be aucoessful in his practice, and profitable to hu- 
manity. Hence, if it is profitable, from a tempor- 
al stand-point that oompanies should have a man- 
ager to oversee their work, and that man be spe- 
cially prepared, is it not more important* spirit- 
ually speaking, that each one, in his high and 
holy calling, study well the work he has been 
called to perform? If he be an elder, or pastor, 
let him be at his post, feeding the flock of God 
over which he has the oversight. If a minister, 
let him be prepared to preach the Word and do 
the work of an evangelist. 

The deacons have a very important work to per- 
form in the church of Christ. In its nature it is 
very closely connected with that of the elder. 
When done well, deacons will purchase to them- 
selves a degree of boldness in the faith. Let each 
one perform his part of the work well! Then it 
will receive the approval of God, and be a bless- 
ing to humanity. May we, as co-workers togeth- 
er, ultimately enter into that rest that remaineth 
for the people of God! 

Boston, Ind. 

THE ADMISSION OF AN INFIDEL. 

BY J. L. SWITZER. 

He who sleeps here, when dying, mistaking the approach of 
death for the return of health, whispered with his latest breath : 
" I am better now." Let us believe that, in spite of doubts 
and tears and fears, these dear words are true of all the count- 
less dead.— Robert G. Ingcrsoll. 

Robert exhorts us to believe. He, too, has a 
faith. But doubts contravene, so the exhortation 
runs, "In spite of doubts and tears and fears" let 
us believe that all the countless dead are "better 
now." 



Why should we believe that? Why not believe 
that death is an enemy and that it is a misfortune 
to die? All are naturally afraid of death. "All 
that a man hath will he give for hia life." All 
shrink from death as having terrors, and strive to 
push off the fatal hour to the very farthest limit. 

Why, then, does Robert depart from his avowed 
plan of salvation and exhort us to believe that all 
the countless dead are "better now?" He Bays, 
" I know of only one way to be saved and that is 
to act in harmony with your surroundings." 

Ah! Robert, standing over the grave of your 
brother you forgot for the time your " What must 
I do to be saved? " Tho affection of soul for soul 
asserted itself. Bereavement begat hope. In the 
tenderness of affliction there proved to be an un- 
conscious yearning for something better beyond, 
and hence the exhortation to us to believe that all 
the dead are " better now." 

But, Robert, we want a foundation for our hope. 
We want some reason to believe, Can you fur- 
nish it to us? Ab, no. What a spectacle, then, to 
stand as a minister over a brother's grave and ex- 
hort us to believe in the reality o£ that of which 
you have never given us a particle of evidencel 

Now, if you will examine the Bible, you will 
find, first of all, that facts are stated. Then you 
will find these facts substantiated by ordinary and 
extraordinary evidences, in great variety, and by a 
great cloud of witnesses. 

Then, after this, you will find we are exhorted 
to not resist the plain, common-sense judgment of 
our senses. In short, a case is first made out and 
amply substantiated by testimony and then we are 
exhorted to render judgment in harmony with the 
merits of the case. Nothing more is asked of us. 

But you ask that we believe, without any testi- 
mony or evidence at all, that all the dead are bet- 
ter now. Where is the reasonable, sensible Gos- 
pel? Where is the light? Where must the ver- 
dict of a sound judgment rest? 

You say you know nothing about the future. 
That is because you reject evidence. Evidence is 
never rejected in ascertaining the truth, but is al- 
ways rejected for the purpose of making out a 
case. 

Evidence may be false, but its falsity can only 
be shown by other evidence that is not false. If 
all the evidence in a case is false, the judgment 
must be in accordance with the evidence, and the 
highest attitude of reason can not do otherwise 
than render judgment accordingly. It is certain- 
ly unreasonable for reason to assert that all Reve- 
lation ie false, and henoe refuse to believe anything 
that ie revealed. 

Before evidence in a case can be reasonably 
rejected, it muBt be shown to be false. Now as to 
the condition of the dead in the hereafter, we cer- 
tainly have some testimony. It is not claimed that 
this testimony is contradictory. It is not claimed 
that in nature, or elsewhere, there is counter evi- 
dence tending to invalidate the testimony we 
have. It is admitted that the testimony may be 
true, and can not be shown to be otherwise. 
Then what would a reasonable man, an unbiased 
man, an impartial arbiter, do with this evidence? 
Is it really reasonable to throw it all away? 
Could reason consistently do so? If not, then 
there iB some evidence for faith, — some founda- 
tion for hope,— some tangible pleas for exhortation, 
— some comfort for the bereaved, — some mitigation 
of our sorrow, — some reason for "sorrowing not 
as others which have no hope." 

What a crown of glory it would be to genius, 
and mental power, if it could always lay hold by 
faith on him who suffered death, came back after 
death, passed through it and triumphed over it, 
that " through death he might destroy him that 
hath the power of death, that is, the devil; and 
deliver them, who, through fear of death, were 



ill their life-time sabjeot to bondage." Heb. 2: 
15. His testimony, it seems to me, ought to be 
vorth something as to what is beyond death. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



Be bricfl Notes 



Among the Churches in Ohio. 

I LEFT my homo Nov. 14, 1889, for Eaton, Pre- 
ble County, where I arrived on the morning of the 
next day. Here I was met by Bro. A. G. Gross- 
white. The same evening wo commenced meet- 
ings at Wheatville. We continued the meeting 
here one week. On account of rainy weather and 
dark nights, our congregations were small. 

From here wo moved the meeting to their up- 
per house, — Sugar Hill —near West Alexander, and 
continued one week, with small congregations. 
Eld. Jacob Garber has the oversight of this con- 
gregation, assisted by brethren A. G. Crosswhite 
and Samuel Miller. 

We next went to Oakland church, Darke Co., 
Ohio, where we preached one weak, enjoying fav- 
orable weather and large congregations. One 
made the good confession and was baptized. The 
elder in charge of this congregation is Bro. Jere- 
miah Kathennan; he is assisted by brethren 
Abraham Brumbaugh, John H. Christian and 
Benjamin Honeyman. 

The Pitsburg or Lndlow church was our next 
point. Here we continued one week with in- 
creased interest. Two were baptized. The eld- 
ers in charge here are brethren Jesse Stutsman 
and Tobias Orider, assisted by Bro. Jacob Brum- 
baugh. 

From the latter place we went to Wolf Creek, 
near Brookville and held meetings for four days 
with increased interest. Here, as well as at Pits- 
burg, we had a children's meeting, which was en- 
joyed by old and young. We should. never forget 
our children. Good impressions with them will 
never be effaced. I know that those meetings 
will never be forgotten. The elder of this church 
is Bro. Jacob Garber, assisted by brethren John 
C. Bright, George Airbaugh aDd Samuel Horn- 
ing. 

I found many warm friends among the dear- 
brethren and sisters in Ohio, for which I return 
thanks. 1 returned home on the evening of Dec. 
24, and found all well, for which I feel grateful to 
the Giver of all. _ E. W. Dove. 

Echoes from the Highway. 

Deo. 7th I was called by telegram to go to 
Covina, to the bedside of a dying grandson. 
Brethren H. Franlz and M. M. Eshelman were in 
the neighborhood, holding meetings. Their serv- 
ices were well appreciated by the brethren and 
friends. The desire was for more of such preach- 
ing but, as is often the case, they had to go, leav- 
ing a promise to call again. Tuesday night fol- 
lowing an appointment was made for them in Los 
Angeles. The time came but not the preachers,— 
another experimental lesson, proving that this is a 
world of disappointments. 



Dec. 14 Bro. Franiz and Bro. Myers came to 
our home at Tuhunga It being too rainy for 
meeting at night, Bro. Franlz gave us, on Sunday 
following, one of his solid, forcible sermons, — 
such as are good for saint and sinner to take to 
heart and logioally and piaotically digest. On 
Sunday afternoon, with the brethren, we went to 



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Glendale, to attend a call in behalf of a suffering 
brother. Next day, in answer to an urgent oall 
from some of the officials of the Santa Fa rail- 
road company, we accompanied, as guests of said 
Company, a number of tho Brethren over this 
line as far as San Bernardino. In the two days 
out, we visited some fine lands, belonging to the 
company, and other parties,— such as was thought 
good for our brethren to settle upon and build up 
communities where our doctrine, practically car- 
ried out, would be the means of setting forth the 
realities of Bible religion to a world somuoh need- 
ing the saving power of a Christ. The generous 
offer of the railroad company, relative to the Lords- 
burg Hotel, and lands adjoining, was taken into 
consideration, conclusions arrived at, and such ar- 
rangements made, as will, it is hoped, result in 
good. A more beautiful or healthy looatiou it is 
difficult to find in Southern California. Sotne 
Brethren are already looatiug there. This land 
is in close proximity to the Brethren's settlement 
at Covina. 

Yesterday, aboard the train, we met brother 
and sister Netsly, from Illinois. They were just 
arriving from the North. This is their second 
visit and we hope they will permanently looate this 
time. A brother Heiney, from Oregon, has also 
just arrived to test our olimato. The " oldest in- 
habitant " says he never saw so much rain this 
season of the year, as we are now having, and na 
we have had during the last three weeks. 

J. S. Flort. 

From Ladoga, Iiui. 

We have great reason to be thankful for tho 
seasons of rejoicing in this part of tho vineyard. 
Our beloved brother, Lewis W. Teeter has been 
with ub to the strengthening of our faith. Our 
souls were fed with the fruits of holiness, which 
he so richly dealt out to us. Our blessed doc- 
trine was logically handled, and touohing appeals 
were made to sinners. The hearts of Christians 
were aroused to action, and sinners were made to 
tremble. Four precious souls were added to the 
fold. Two dear sisters came without their hus- 
bands. One of these was converted while Bro. 
Bosenberger was here, but was not baptized un- 
til this meeting, and, to her great surprise, her 
husband is converted. 

How many dear companions might be saved, if 
one of them would only make the start, determin- 
ed to forsake all for Jesus, as this dear sister did! 
On Sunday her husband came to meeting, think- 
ing she was going to ba baptized that day, and that 
perhaps he could stop the work. But the Lord, 
through a preacher of righteousness, broke his 
stony heart, and beforo many days he asked the 
Brethren to forgive him, desiring to be a child of 
God. Ho is now a happy brother. let us pray 
for the other sister's husband that they may re- 
joice together! Salome Watiuns. 

From Barren Ridge, Augusta Co., Va. 

Eld. Samuel Dbivee has just closed a month's 
work which proved to be very effectual. He be- 
gan a series of meetings at Forest Chapel, Satur- 
day, Nov. 9, 18S9. Notwithstanding much rain 
and mud, the attendance and interest was good. 
He continued until the 17th. After that the meet- 
ings were continued a few days by elders Levi 
Garber and E. L. Btower. Our love-feast was 
held Nov. 16. Twelve were added to the fold by 
baptiBm. 

Nov. 18 our elders and others went to the Sum- 
mit meeting-house to attend a discussion between 
Bro. H. C. Early and friend John Holderman, of 
Missouri, representing the Mennonite doctrine. 
Bro. Driver was chosen Moderator. Three propo- 



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sitions were discussed, — two on baptism and one 
on the Lord's Supper. One day, consisling of 
two sessions, of two hours each, was devoted to 
each proposition. Bro. Early very ably acquitted 
himself. A reporter had been secured, with a 
view of publishiug the diBcu6Bion, but, on account 
of rheumatism, he was unable to report the work. 
We hope some oue will give us a synoptical Bketch 
of the disoussion. 

Ou Nov. 23, Eld. Samuel Driver, his daughter, 
and J. C. Garber, one of our deacon brethren, 
went to Bell's Valley in Bookbridge County, a dis- 
tance of about thirty miles. Bro. Driver began a 
meeting at that place tho same evening. He con- 
tinued until Deo. 3. Eight were baptized and one 
restored to the fold. Bro. Driver formerly lived 
in the territorial limitB of this congregation and 
gave his inrluenoe iu building this meeting-house 
quito near Bell's Valley station. Ho moved from 
there in 1875. Since that time there has not been 
niuoh preaching thore iu the winter season, sb the 
ministoring brethren reside at some distance. 
May the Lord bless his servants' laborB that Zion 
may prosperl S. W. Gaiibeh. 

Hudson Happenings. 

Deo. 19 Bro. D. B. Gibson came to ns and com- 
menced a serieB of meetings. He coutinued until 
the evening of Deo. 31, preaching, iu all, fourteen 
sermons, resulting in the couveraion of one young 
sister, who was baptized into Christ, the true 
Vine. We trust she may abide as a fruitful 
branch in the Vine, until she will " grow to the 
measure of the fuluess of the stature of Christ." 

Ou Christmas Day we had a children's meeting. 
The forty children present were favored with a 
forty-five minute talk by Bro. Gibson. It was a 
grand success. It is not often that ollildren can 
be held so long, taking such deep interest, and an- 
swering so many questions, and correctly, too. 
We greatly enjoyed tho children's meeting, and 
we venture the assertion that Bro. Gibson will not 
soon forget the precious momenta spent upon this 
occasion. Taking our meeting all together, it was 
a sucoesB. A good feeling exists generally. The 
congregations were fair aud on the increase when 
we closed. Tnos. D. Liton. 

From Eglon, W. Va. 

The Lord's cause is still prospering in this 
part of God's vineyard. Bro. Geo. W. Lowry, of 
Somerset County, commenced a series of meetings 
Dec. 21. Dec. 27 four young sisters were led 
down into the water and baptized into Christ. 
The same day Eld. J. T. Cosner came to our dear 
brother's assistance, and on the 28th brethren 
Barns, 8. A. Sisler and I. O. Thompson came into 
our midst. Dec. 29 one young brother was bap- 
tized. May God keep him faithful to the end, 
and may he be tho means to bring many more to 
Christ. We closed our meeting Jan. 1, 1890, with 
one addition by baptism. 

After singing hymn 683 wo took the parting 
hand, having met, perhaps, for the last time on 
earth. Our hope is that finally we may meet in 
heaven where there is no parting. 

Rachel Weimeb. 

"The truth will not rest in the heart without 
producing good results. It may lodge in the ear 
and understanding fruitlessly, but once in the 
soul it begins to work its blessedness." 

"The history of the world teaches no lesson 
with more impressive solemnity than this: that 
the only safeguard of a great intellect is a pure 
heart; that evil no sooner takes possession of 
tho heart than folly commences the conquest of 
the mind." 



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Jan. 21, 1890. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 

Is the recognized organ of the German Baptist or Breth- 
ren's church, and advocates the form of doctrine taughl ill 
the New Testament and pleads for a return to apostolic and 
primitive Christianity. 

It recognizes the New Testament as the only infallible rule 
of faith and practice, and maintains that Faith toward God, 
Repentance from dead works, Regeneration of the heart and 
mind, baptism by Trine Immer.-ion for remission of Mns unto 
the reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, 
are the means of adoption into the household of God, — the 
church militant. 

It also maintains that Feet-washing, as taught in John 13, 
both by example and command of Jesuf, should be observed 
in the church. 

That the Lord's Supper, Instituted by Christ and as univer- 
sally observed by the apostles and the early CluUll.-ins, b a 
full meal, and, in connection with the Communion, should 
be taken In the evening or after the close of the day. 

That the Salutation of the Holy Kiss, or Kiss of Charity, 
is binding upon the followers of Christ. 

That War and Retaliation are contrary to the spirit and 
self-denying principles of the religion of Je s us Christ. 

That the principle of Plain Dressing and of Non-conform- 
ity » the world, as taught in the New Testament, should be 
observed by the followers of Christ. 

That the Scriptural duty of Anointing the Sick with Oil, 
In the Name of the Lord, James 5; 14, is binding upon all 
Christians. 

It also advocates the church's duty to support Missionary 
and Tract Work, thus giving to the Lord for Hie spread of 
the Gospel and for the conversion of sinners. 

In short, it is a vindicator of all that Christ and the apos- 
tles have enjoined upon us, and alms, amid the conflicting 
theories and discords of modern Christendom, to point out 
ground that all must concede to be infallibly safe. 



Mount Morris, 111.. 



Jan. 21. 1890. 



Bbo. Enoch Bboweb, of Virginia, preached for 
the Brethren at Ida, Page Co., Y. . dati j^ the 
Holidays. Five were baptized on Now Year's 
Day, and one applicant was to be received into 
fellowship in the near future. From Ida, Bro. 
Brower went to Pennsylvania, to labor for the 
Lord. 80 reports sister Fannie Miller. 



Bbo. D. E. Pbice will go to Albany, Oregon, 
about Feb. 1, where he may be addressed until 
farther notice. 

Bbo. P. R. Wrightsman, of Kansas has been 
preaching for the Brethren at Cerro Gordo. 
Hope his labor** have been blessed "with success. 



Under date of Jsd. 6, Bro. S. Z Sharp, of Mc- 
Pherson, Kans., says, " Three students came out 
on the Lord's side, and were baptized yesterday." 



Bro. Silas Hoover reports a series of meetings 
at New Enterprise, Bedford Co, Pa, which com- 
menced Dec, 2G, 18^9, and closed on the 7th inst, 
with eight additions by baptism. 



The influenza has been quite common at this 
place for the last ten days. Many are sick, and 
the physicians are kept very busy. Only a few 
cases have so far resulted. 



Bro. J. H. Miller's address has been changed 
from Mil ford to Goshen, Ind. The change wan 
not made in the Almanac; hence this notice. Bro. 
Miller's correspondents will make a note of this. 



Bro. Levi H. Eby, of Summer field, Kins., wes 
expected to begin a eeiies of meeting at North To- 
peka, Rune., on the lHth inst. We hope our dear 
brother may bs successful in Mb labors for the 
salvation of souls. 



Bno. Isaac Frantz informs us that Eld. S. M. 
Love, of Bellevue, Ohio, has been appointed so- 
licitor for the Book and Tract Work in his State 
District (North-western Ohio), and that he is 
meeting with good success. 



Sister Mary Heilman, of the South Keoknk 
church, Iowa, reports eome good meetings held by 
Bro. John Gable, of New Sharon, Iowa One was 
received by baptism, and one, who had wandered 
away, was restored to the fold. 



Bro. J. E. Young, of Beatrice, Nebr., has been 
holding meetiuge at Odell, Nebr., with good inter- 
eat. We are giad to note that our Brethren are, 
generally, becoming more active in preaching the 
Word. May the good work continue. 



We have received a number of articles on the 
New Year. Mauy of them came too late for the 
first and second numbers and as we have already 
given several on that topic, our correspondents 
will please bear with us if their essays on the 
New Year do not appear in the Messenger. 



Bro. William S. Gilbert, of New Lebanon, 
Ohio, says, "Bro. Dove, of Tennessee, has been 
with us, and preached nine very able sermons, ful- 
filling the instructions, given by Paul, to preach 
the Word. He warned both saint and sinner. 
Some were almost persuaded to accept Christ, but 
they did not heed the invitation." 



In response to a letter written to Bro. S. F. 
Sanger, in regard to the burning of the Bridge- 
water College, we have the following. We are 
glad to note that the work of the school has not 
been interfered with: " The Main College Build- 
ing was burned at noon Dec. 30. The fire origin- 
ated in an upper story of the Building, from a de- 
fective tine. Most of the furniture, books, etc., 
was saved. The loss was fairly covered by insur- 
ance. Steps are already taken to rebuild at once. 
Other buildings have been procured, and the 
School is moving on very nicely, with the loss of 
sis or seven old students, and four or five new 
ones added." 



Bro. C. D. Htxtcw, of Hylton, Va, reports 
twenty-eight received into the church, as the re- 
sult of two meetings. See his report in another 
column. ^ 

Bro. G. Brubakeb, of the Howard church, Iud., 
writes ue that Bro. Levi Holsinger, of Ladoga, 
Ind. ( preached for them two weeks, and that three 
wore added to the church by baptism. 



Bro. Charles R. Oelltg.oE Upton, Pa, writes 
as follows: ,! We are glad to report good news 
from the Back Creek church. Seven souls recent- 
ly foracok sio, and are now walking with us. Bro. 
Z Annou is conducting a series of meetings here, 
which began Dec. 11- Wo hops that, by Divine 
assistance, much good may result from hie earnest 
laborB." 

Br.o SAiftJEL Sala, of GosheD, Ind., reports a 
series of meetings held in tho Yellow Biver church, 
Ii.d., by our brother, J. 0. Murray, of Nappanee. 
He labored two weeks and the interest was most 
excellent. Eight came out on the Lord's side, and 
were received into church fellowship. Bro, Mur- 
ray went next to Ohio, where he will labor for 
some time. 

The General Church Erection and Missionary 
Committee have arranged to have Bro. Hope 
spsud most of his time in the mission field, among 
the Scandinavian members, subject to the call of 
the State District Committees. There are many 
Danes and Swedes in America, and Bro. Hope 
shonld be kept in the field ub much of the time as 
possible. Write him at Herington, Kans. 

Several letters from Bister Miller, wife of Eld. 
R. H. Miller, inform us that our dear brother has 
been very sick, and that ho is now slowly recover- 
ing. His physician says that he can not be out 
for at least a month. We are glad to note that 
our brother is improving, and we believe that our 
readers will join us in the prayer that the Lord 
will soon restore him to health and usefulness to 
the church. 

"Good news from the Mill Creek church, Rock- 
ingham Co , Va ," is the way Bro. Samuel Petry 
writes us from that church, under date of the 9th 
inst. He continues as follows: " Bro. H. C. Early 
preached about two weeks for us. Twenty-three 
persons were adopted into the family of God. 
Among the number were two from the Progressive 
Brethren. And still they come! May the grace 
of God rest upon us all ! " 



Many of our agents are sending in good lists, 
and we hope they will continue to work. We 
ought to increase our list largely during the next 
thirty days, and from reports received, we know 
that a number of our agents are making extra ef- 
forts to secure new names. We have offered extra 
inducements to our regents to work, hoping to se- 
cure their services for at least sixty days in the 
work of securing new names. Now is the time to 
do this work. Don't wait until next week, but 
start at once, and you will, no doubt, be able to 
secure a number of new names. 



A number of brethren hftve written us in regard 
to an antidote or a cure for the tobacco habit; — 
among others, Bro. Martin Cline, of Kansas, and 
Bro. B. F. Masterson, of Auburn, III. These 
brethren say that the remedy named will assist 
any one to give up the use of tobacco, and, where 
the directions are faithfully followed, a cure is 
guaranteed. This is not to be looked upon as an 
advertisement. We give it to our readers upon 
the re commendation ol a number of our brethren, 
who have tried it The name of the antidote is 
No Tobac, and it may be had of the Universal 
Remedy Co., Lafayette, Ind. 



Jan. 21, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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Bro. Hiram Gibble, of White Oak, Lancaster 
Co., Pa, labored recently for the Brethren in the 
Springville church, near Ephrata, Pa., and four 
were added to the church by baptism, making ten 
additions to the church at that place during the 
year. So reports Bro. David Kilhefner. 



We have the following iteio of newB from Eld. 
-Jesee StutsmaD, of Ohio: "Bro. F. W. Dove, of 
Tennessee, commenced a series of meetings at the 
PitBbnrgh house, Dec. 8. He continued uatil the 
evening of the 16th, and did most effectual work. 
The meetings were closed in the midst of the best 
of interest, and, consequently, I fear, much of the 
good seed sown is lost. May the Lord bless the 
brother for his earnest labors, and the two pre- 
cious souls who were brought into the fold by his 
preaching!" 

During the present month we have been favored 
with au unusually large number of visitors, most- 
ly ministers. Among others were brethren D. 
Hollinger, of Weaver's Station, Ohio; H. W. 
Krieghbaum and Noah and Isaac Early, of South 
Bend, Ind.; Samuel Click, of Nevada, Mo.; B. F. 
Masterson and J. W. Brubaker, oE Auburn, ID.; 
Samuel Newcomer, of Lanark, III.; Isaac Lntz, 
Solomon Mattie, F. G McNutt, of Shannon, 111; J. 
J. Emmert, of Mt Carroll, 111, and others, whose 
names we did not get. Brethren Krieghbaum, 
Masterson, Hollinger, Click and Emmert preached 
for us some very acceptable eermons during their 
atay. We enjoyed their company, and hope they 
will come again. 

Bro. Jesse Stutsman, ofPitebnxgb, Ohio, writes 
us that the Bchnol projpct in Southern Ohio has 
taken deBnite shape, and that a locating commit- 
tee has been appointed to select a location for the 
new college, and to report Feb. 1. Work on the 
buildings will not bpgin until the sum of 330,000 
has been secured. The school, as we understand 
the arrangement, is not to be managed as au indi- 
vidual enterprise, but, to some extent, it will be 
under the control of the State District in which it 
is located. We hop9 our Brethren in Ohio will 
succeed in their work, We are not sure that it is 
the best policy to start so many schools, but evi- 
dently the educational interest in our Brotherhood 
is rapidly growing, and this growth seems to de- 
mand more schools. There are enough Brethren 
in Ohio to support a school, if they all pull togeth- 
er. If they will endow their new enterprise, with 
one hundred thousand dollars, to start with, it 
will help them wonderfully when the real struggle 
comes — and that will be after the buildings have 
been completed and paid for, and the school 
is opened for work. It takes more than buildings 
to establish a school. Indeed, these are but the 
smallest part of the work. We hope our Breth- 
ren in the Miami Valley will be guided by Divine 
wisdom, and that their school may become a pow- 
er for good to the church and to the world. 



HOW TO BEACH THE MASSES IN THE CITIES. 

Dr. C. H. Parkhurst, an eminent divine, pastor 
of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian church, of 
New York City, has an article in a late number of 
The Independent, on the subject of the " Lay Min- 
istry in New York," in which he sets forth some 
of the means by which the people may be reached, 
and also some of the causes of failure. That the 
problem of reaching the masses with the Gospel, 
in our cities, has not been solved, is apparent to 
all who have taken the trouble to give the subject 
thoughtful consideration: and of this truth none 
have a better knowledge and more painful evi- 
dence than the city clergy themselves. 

While some, who are not eo well acquainted 



with the work, are advising that in city work city 
methods be adopted, those who are beBt acquaint- 
ed with the subject, and who have labored for 
years in cities, as did Dr. Piersou, and has Dr. 
Parkhurs\ are saying city methods are not suc- 
ceeding. It seems to us that the truth of Dr. 
Pierson's statement contains the gist of the whole 
matter. He said, in substauce, in a recent lecture 
on this subject in the city of Chicago, to which we 
had the pleasure of Jisteuing, that the only hope 
is a speedy return to Gospel methods— to primi- 
tive Christianity. 

However, we did not start out to write an editor- 
ial on the Bubjeot, but to give our readers an op- 
portunity of reading an extract from Dr. Park- 
hurst's article. By reading it carefully, we will 
find that it contains a great many sound, practical 
thoughts, and while we may not agree with all the 
learned doctor Bays, wa may learn something to 
our advantage by reading what he says. After re- 
ferring to the tendency to cling to old methods 
and customs, he eays: 

" Among other hereditary positions which there is a good 
deal of reluctance to abandon, is that of saying, in effect, to 
our unconverted populations: If you want to be saved y 
have got to be saved by the pulpit deliverances of men \v 
have spent ten years in scholarly preparation. With all 
spect to the lines of lay-effort that are being prosecuted, the 
chief reliance of the Church to-day for the conversion of sii 
ners is upon the college and seminary-trained ministry; and 
if the work lags we are told that what is needed is, not that 
the present policy should be modified but more vigorously 
worked; not a new cart for the ark of the Lord, but a fresh 
goad with which to prod the lowing kine. 

We would nnt be understood as detracting from the Impor- 
lance of college and seminary training. There is no attain 
able knowledge which a Christian preacher can not make 
available for Christian purposes. But the point is that in th 
initial work of bringing an impenitent man to Christ thoionql 
scholarship plays no necessary part, and Is no more relevant 
than a knowledge of Sanscrit would be in teaching a four 
year-old his A B C's. Indeed, a man who had been for tei 
years engaged in the study of Sanscrit and kindred branches 
i~ exactly the man we would not want to have come into om 
nursery to teach our children their alphabet. Except in rare 
instances, the hlnderance to becoming a Christian is not a 
matter of the head, and stands in no need, therefore, of cere- 
brat treatment; and even where there are mental complica- 
tions] a little examination will usually show that their root is 
not in the brain but In the heart. The proportion of school- 
trained proselylizers in the primitive Church was confessed- 
ly small. The reversal of the ratio is probably due to the 
fact that it is easier to be a scholastic than to be a saint. It 
Is a far more difficult thing to first bring a man to Christ, 
than to build him up in Christian life after once he has been 
brought; and in that initial work an acquaintance with Greek, 
Hebrew, ecclesiastical history and dogmatic theology bears 
no part, lit many respects these two provinces of effort are 
widely remote from each other, and require distinct gifts and 
aptitudes. Among the occupants of our New York City 
pulpits probably there are not many who can look at the re- 
sults of their last ten years of labor and conclude from those 
results that they have peculiar endowments for bringing men 
to Christ, or that by means of their preaching they have di- 
rectly encroached to any considerable degree upon the do- 
main of Satan. A good many may have united with our 
churches upon confession of their faith; but were not three- 
quarters of such the outcome of Christian homes? It Is not 
encroaching upon Satan's domain to bring into the Church 
the children of Christian parents; it is only holding within 
the Kingdom of Heaven those that are already potentially 
citizens there. 

Our inability to do that which men of less schooling some- 
times show themselves so richly competent to do Is quite pos- 
sibly one reason why some of us who are clergymen do not 
fellowship the presence among us of revivalists, even of such 
a stamp as Mr. Moody. Ministers are human, and it Is a re- 
flection upon us to have a lay-man or an irregular preacher, 
or only an imperfectly educated one, bring ten men to Christ 
while we are only half bringing one; and even the joy at hav- 
ing ten souls saved does not entirely draw the sting of the 
mortification. So distinguished a divine as Dr. Chauncey, of 
Boston, thought that the main effect even of Whitefieid's 
preaching was " a commotion in the passions," and good old 
scholarly President Stiles, of Yale College, referred to " the 
great revival " as " the late period of enthusiasm." Until we 
recognize to a degree the principle of the division of labor in 
tnework of the ministry, successful revivalists will always 
be unpopular with the regular clergy. In a certain town. | 



when a revival was prevailing under the preaching of a 
Methodist itinerant, the son of a clergyman of another church 
said: "Father, why don't we have a revivalist come and 
preach in our church? " « Because our church is established? 
was the reply. The next day the young man was riding 
with his father, and when half way up the hill the horse 
balked. After the old divine had coaxed the horse with a 
whip until he was tired, and had employed upon him all the 
evangelical epithets lie was acquainted with, and some he- 
sides, the young man spoke up and said: " I think I know, 
father, what Is the mailer with old Dob; I guess he is estab- 
lish- J." 

As regards this Initial work above referred to, the indispen- 
sable condition to success is not only a personal knowledge 
of Christ, but also an experimental understanding of the cir- 
cumstances of the particular man we are trying to save. His 
case must become our case We are to touch through the 
medium of a common experience. I must be able to talk In 
language that he can understand; and not only that, but be 
able to think In the vernacular of his thoughts. No matter 
how brilllanl a light mai be, it will not illuminate a tunnel 
If suspended either below or above the tunnel's mouth. God 
had to become man in order tosave man. A Chinaman with 
sense and piety Is the best man to convert Chinamen. A 
converted drunkard will do more for an unconverted one than 
ten ministers who have never been the worse for liquor. My 
own church lias a miHSlon hall well filled every evening In 
the year by men who are drunkards or who have been, and 
who come there to be helped by a man who has himself been 
a drunkard. The quickest, way to break up that mission 
would be to let loose upon it half a dozen of our established 
clergymen who have no personal experience in "working the 
growler," or "carrying the banner." In his book, entitled 
" Modern Cities," Loomlstays: "it is a fact which experience 
has demonstrated over and over again, both here, In England 
and in foreign lands, that the best workers In any class are 
those that have come up from among that class." Neither 
scholarship nor a sanctified spirit are likely to prevail unless 
supplemented by fraternity of experience. It is related that 
a London pastor who keeps a largo number of missionaries at 
work in his parish, rem.-- 1 ■ .1 th il time he employed sev- 
eral theological Btudentfl in that way. "How did it work?" 
asked a friend. "Well," he replied hesitatingly, "it was good 
for the students." I know of one instance that occurred not 
long ago in this city where a theological student, having been 
invited to speak to a congregation of drunkards, actual or re- 
tired, went before them with a clerical garb and read them a 
lecture from manuscript. Now there is a science of conver- 
sion as much as of medicine, A square Stick will not fit a 
round hole in spirituals any more than in materials. One of 
the elements of success in the Catholic Church is that It 
makes a study of aptitudes, makes every variety of talent 
available, and nei er wastes energy by making a saw try to do 

the work of a chisel. 

We have had in this city two or three very marked Illus- 
trations of the way In which laymen who have been convert- 
ed from habits ot alcoholism are able to effect the conversion 
of men of their own class. Now that is an example of a 
principle that admits of vastly wider application. If a con- 
verted drunkard is the best man to convert drunkards, a con- 
verted artisan is the best man to convert artisans, a converted 
physician is the best man to convert physicians; and so of 
lawyers, bankers, broken., merchants and the rest. The fact 
is, and wc may as well confess it, that the clergyman practi- 
cally makes a business ot religion, and that he can not think 
and feel in the vernacular of a broker, for Instance, any better 
than a broker can in that of an architect. We are profession- 
ally Insulated. Whether we realize it or not, the laymen re- 
alize 11, and discount our pulpit utterances accordingly. 
While the principle of adaptation is being worked In this city 
at large expenditure of time and money in the Interests of In- 
ebriates, we are not operating It to any degree worth the men- 
tloning In behalf of these other lines of occupation and strata 
of society ; strata of society, too, that are more worth the sav- 
ing, because, with some glorious exceptions, worth more aft- 
er they are saved. 

This kind of work the average city clergyman has neither 
the time nor the aptitude for. The unconverted are not 
thronging the churches, and there is no indication that they 
will. The Church will have to come to them before they 
wiil come to the Church; and the Implement of traction, 
stronger than chimes, advertisements, seasoned preaching, 
cheap pews or hospitable ushers, is doubtless going to be the 
agency of the lay-Chribtlans who, by their own understand- 
ing of secular relations and limitations, will be able to stand 
up among men of employment and of affairs as just interpret- 
ers of the meaning of the Church and the import of the Gos- 
pel concretely applied; bridging in this way the wide chasm 
that divides between the sanctuary and the unchurched. The 
inds of many Christian laymen are pondering along these 
ries, and there is much ground to believe that present activ- 
ity of Christian thought among practical and consecrated lay- 
Christians means that we are beholding the d; 
when the sanctuary shall come to denote 
tians as a point of departure; 
place of rendezvous. 



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THE G 8 PEL MESSENGER. 



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Ml. Morris, 111. 
Mt. Morris, III. 



Organization ol Book and Tract Work. 



S. W. Hoovnn, Foreman, 
S. Bock, Secretary ami Tri 



Dayton, Ohio. 
Dayton, Ohio. 



trg~All donations intcntlctl for Missionary Work should be 
lent to D. L. MlLUM, Mt. Morris, 111. 

B3F"AI1 money for Tract Work should be sent to S. Bock. 
Dayton, Ohio. 

B3£~ Money may be sent by Money Order, Registered Let- 
ter, or Drafts on New York or Chicago. Do not send person- 
al checks, or drafts on Interior towns, ns it costs 25 cents to 
coiled them. 

FJ3y~ Solicitors arc requested to faithfully carry out the plan 
of Annual Meeting, llial all our members he solicited to con- 
tribute at least twice a year for the Mission and Tract Work of 
the Church, 



THE CHILDREN'S MISSION. 
BY MARY M. GIBSON. 

By the mercies aud goodness of God I am per- 
mitted to let yon hear or! the sucoess we have 
reached in our work. We have, I am very glad to 
tell you, received over one hundred dollars during 
the past year. God has truly blessed us, and we 
feel to give him glorious praise; for to him and 
his dear Son all praise belongs. "We feel to thauk 
him for all that is iu the past, and trust him for 
a! 1 that, is to come. I feel to thank all the donors. 
May God truly bless each to his own glory. Please 
notioe the liberal douation, S1U GO, from the South 
Waterloo, Iowa, Snnday-Bchool. If wo had only 
received one more donation, equally liberal, we 
would have exceeded the amount received laBt 
year. I well know that the dear children that 
gave so liberally, felt to rejoice within their hearts, 
for the liberal soul shall be made fat iu gcod 
things. 

Dear Suuday-sohool superintendents, try to imi- 
tate the noble example! You have the care of 
the little ones, aud shouM rule over them as a 
tender shepherd. Much depends upon your rear- 
ing and kind proteotion What is a more .lovely 
sight than to see a Hook of sheep following 
whithersoever the shepherd leadeth! They pass 
along so passively aud submissively. 

I know not whether it waB the Superintendent 
of the Waterloo Suuday-sohool that prompted 
them or not, but I do know it was some one that 
prompted them iu attain to a high standard of 
giving for the blessed oause of Christ. 

God works mightily in the hearts of some of his 
people, — always has aud always will,— and that no- 
ble effort may bo the menus of the whole congrega- 
tion working together for good. If we submit 
ourselves into the hands of the Lord, both to will 
and to do at his own good pleasure, we will work 
to gain something for him in this life and for 
eternity. 

Please notice that even Georgia and Oregon are 
represented in this list. I would have enjoyed to 
meet with all the ohildreu as I did with the in- 
fant class of the Pleasant Hill Sunday-school last 
Christmas. They were told to gather in our little 



room, where ire usually recite, after meeting 
closed. They were presented with a sack of 
sweetened popcorn, candies, raisins, etc. We saw 
some happy faces and merry children about that 
time. I was happy too, for I love much lo please 
the little folks, Most generally, when the little 
Colli an well pleased, big ones are also, for most 
of tlipuj are read} to enter into their enjoyments 
and innocent pi snree. They are rjueer big folks 
that do not, I (II yon. 

Wo present .at few solicitors in this list. 1 
was in hopes we would gain more than usual. If 
God will gii ae grace, we will keep the work roll- 
ing on, and will gather in the pennies, dimes, and 
dollars, as best we can to hie own glory. Oh how 
thankful we would be to get helpers in the work, 
that it might grow to the advancement of hie 
cause I 

Remember, there is as much credit given by 
God to those that came in at the eleventh hour 
as to those that came iu at the sixth or ninth 
hour. May God fill our hearts with his divine 
love, that we may be the means cf gathering in 
precious eouls into his blessed kingdom by our 
works. Then our works may live on, after we are 
mouldering in our graves. May we consecrate 
onr work wholly to God, in Jesns' name, and may 
God truly bless us all in our work! 

CONATIONS. 

Virden, 111., Preston C. Gibson, 96 cents, Everett 
GibsoD, S2.25, David C. Gibson, 20 cents; Everett, 
Pa, Sarah and Eliza Barndollar, SI 00; Middle- 
bury, Ind., Carrie Schroek, 5 cents, Clara Weaver, 
5 cents, Bertha Gephart, 5 cents, Edith Gep- 
hart, 2 cents, Eulalia Smith, 1 cent, Mamie Ni- 
hart, 5 cents, Allie Niharr, 27 cents; Divernon, 
111., Mary Flora, 5 cents; Nappanee, Ind., Nel- 
lie, Maudie, Besdie, Ecker Gilbert, and their 
mother, $1.25; Dayton, Ohio, Marretta Stitely, 
S1.00 

Birthday Gifts— Virden, III, Lemuel Gibson, 

9 cents, Eva Lena Gibson, 5 cents, Preston 
Gibson, 14 cents; Grove church, Ohio, Maudie 
and Clinton Gibson, 20 cents; Roanoke, 11! , Orua 
Gish, 5 centa; Onarga, 111., Emma Kindig 10, 
cents; Stutlgatt, Ark., Barna Traver, 25 cents; Ro- 
anoke, 111., B. Kindig, 10 cents, S. C. Gish, 10 
cents; Secor, ill, C. A. Ronk, 15 cents; Benson, 
III, Nellie C. Kindig, 15 cents; Roanoke, 111, 
Nellie Tawzer, 10 cents, Bertie Gish, 5 cents; 
Stuttgart, Ark., Barbara Gish, 10 cents; Roanoke, 
III., Francis T. Gish, 5 cents, John E. Gish, 

10 cents, Sarah Gisb, 5 cents; Hudson, 111., Lydia 
Suavely, 10 cents; Black Rock, W. Va, OtiB P. 
Ebert, 25 cents; Hudsm, 111., Francis M. Suavely, 
10 cents, Rebecca Suavely, 10 cents, Goldie F. 
Suavely, 5 ceulF, T. D. Lyon, 10 cents; Mans- 
field, 111 , Carrie Ashmore, 10 cents, Goorge Mil- 
ler, 15 cents; Oerro Gordo, III., Sarah Kuns, S1.00, 
J. Metz^er, 10 cents, Ida Frauiz, Sl.00, Magdalena 
Myers, 25 cents; Millrnine church children's 
meetiDg, SS 17; B.>yd, O., a sister, 25 cents; Sup- 
erintendent of Sugar Ridge Sunday-school, Mc- 
Comb, 0,D. W. Rau, $1.19; Girard, 111, A. S. 
Harshbarger, 25 cents, Greenfield, 111, Vena 
Gibson, Scents, Susie Gibson, 5 cents; Norborne, 
Mo., solicited by Lyda C. Mason, §2 00; Virden, 
111., Willie M.Gibson, 25, Carrie B. Gibson, S1.00, 
Lizzie Beckner, 50 cents; Minnie jSandy, SI. 00; 
Loramie Sunday-school, Dawson, O., Jonathan 
Hoover, SI. 30. 

THANKSGIVING OFFERING. 

Way Cross, Ge., Phebe B. Moore tnd family, 
Sl.47; Bashnm, Kane., Rosa B. Fitzwater, 30 centB; 
Neutral, Kaus., Mary Liehtenwalter, 25 cents; 
Jessie Roy Nice, deceased, 11 cents; Hudson, Hi., 
Rebecca Snavely, solicited from the children, 85 
cents; Salem, Oregon, Frendy McDeemer, 20 cents; 
Virden, 111., Mary M. Gibson, $2.83; Bunker Hill, 



III , Charley Slifer, 10 cents, Chester Slifer, 5 
cents; Girar ), 111, Freddie Gibson, 9 cents, Leslie 
Gibson, 6 cents: West Otter church Sunday- 
school, collected by Lizzie Brubsker, 97 centB; 
Virden, HI., David C Gib3on, 11 cents; Waterloo, 
la., Saoday-Bohojl, sent by Simnel Switzfr, S16 - 
50; Washington, Pa, Miss Nan Smith, 50 cents; 
Virden, III., Pleasant Hiil Sunday-school, $209; 
Eldorado, Ohio, Saeie P„not S1.00; Cerro Gordo 
church children's meetiug by Sarah Knus, So 00; 
Virden, III., Cynthia Ridgwav, 10 cents, J. W. 
Gibson 50 cents; Virden, 111., Willie Shull, 
Treasurer of Pleasant Hill Sunday-school, infant 
cIbbs, S1.00, Carrie B. Gibson's class, S2.04. 
Charles Gibson's class, G8 cents; Hudson church, 
111., sent by Rebecca Snavely, S2.04; Lansdale, 
Pa., Ella S. Moyer S5.20. Total S72 70. 

Solicited by Darrell Hollopeter, Rockton, Pa. : 
Darrell Hollopeter, 3 cents, Mervin Hollopeter, 1 
cent, Glenn Hollopeter, 1 cent, M. E. Hollopeter, 
5 cents, E. W. Hollopeter, 5 cents, Jason Hollo- 
peter, 1 cent, Caroline Beer, 10 cents, V. V. Clou- 
ser, 5 cents, Mary Btubaker, 10 cents, Dora Huey, 
5 cents, Howard Huey, 5 cents 

Solicited by Sarah B. Lomon: Juniata, Nebr.; 
Sarah B. Lemon, 5 cente, Dora E. Lemon, 2 cents, 
Eddie Lemon, 2 cents, Allie Swab, 5 cents, Mollie 
Keudig, 10 cents, Arthur Kendig, 2 cants, Milton 
Keudig, 1 cent, Lottie Ashmore, 2 cente, Archie 
Ashmore, I cent, Manie Ashmcre, 2 cents, Sadie 
Ashmore, 1 cent; Roseland, Nebr, Lucy Kendig, 
5 cents, Eflie Kendig, 5 cents, Flora Kendig, 3 
cents, Elmer Kendig, 5 cents, Eliza Kendig, 5 
cents, Willie Kendig, 2 cents; Juniata, Nebr., 
Charley McFerren, 5 cents, May McFerren, 2 
oents, Belle McFerren, 2 cents, Winnie HcB'erren, 
1 cent, George Liveringhouse, 5 cents, Lena Liv- 
eringhouse, 5 cents, Sarah McFerren, 10 cents; 
Keneaaw, Nebr., David Smith, 5 cents, Charley 
Smith, 5 cent?, Rosannah Smith, 2 centg, Lillie 
Smith, 1 cent, Elsworth Smith, 2 cents, Susannah 
Smith, 5 cents; Juniata, Nebr., Belle Lemon, 10 
cents, Dora Lemon, 5 cents, Eddie Lemon, 5 cents. 

Virden, 111, Bar 421. 



POOR FUND REPORT. 

A. W. Martin, Pa S 50 

H. Good, Pa, 32 

Letitia P. Reiff, Pa , 50 

J. W. Bowman, Nebr 25 

George Renner, Wash 90 

Mr. G. L MoDonaugb, 111. 1 50 

W. H. Bowser, Ohio, 50 

John M. Kimmel, Pa 25 

Rachel Tombaugb, Pa 75 

John Wales, Kans 2 00 

Spring Run church, Pa 50 

S. J. Garber, Va, 25 

Joseph S. Kulp, Ind , 10 

Samuel White, Mich. 20 

Aaron Love, Mo. , 50 

Jas. A. Briukey, Ark, 50 

H. D. Lock 50 

C. A. Lock, 25 

F. W. Leighton 50 

D. P. and Anna Heioy, Kans., 20 

Mary Sheets, Va 40 

Hiram Musselman, Pa 20 

Anna Summers 15 

Joseph A. Price, 111 50 

George Renner, Wash., 3 00 

Mary Hosford, 111 40 

S.M.Shuck, Minn., 35 

Wm. Holsinger, Kane., 30 

John L. Meridoth, Mich, 2 00 

Rock River church, Franklin Grove, 111., .. .11 00 

Anna Umphlet, Cal , 50 

J. F. Ross, W. Va„ 1 30 

Ida M. Wagner, 111., 1 00 

A. W. Martm, Pa„ „ 2 60 



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Jan. 21, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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BY J. 8. FLOBY. 

It was a General in the late war that was cen- 
suring Mb men for dodging whenever a nnow'e 
ball came whistling over their heads. A moment 
after, a bomb-ahell passed his own head. It ie 
needless to say that he dodged in good earnest. 
He then said, " Boys, you may dodge the big 
ones."_ 

But in regard to the Truth there is uo rule 
known to Christian warfare that makes dodging 
right. It is a well-known fact that there is rnuch 
dodging going on, both with professors and non- 
professors. Time would fail to tell of the dodg- 
ing going on with the non-profesBors. We will 
spend a few momenta looking at the dodging pro- 
fessors. They would have you believe they are 
gallant soldiers. Oh, yes, they love the Lord Je- 
sus. But Bee when the smoke of battle comes 
and they are asked to Btand with Jesus in perse- 
cution, how they dodge! They are ashamed of 
the non-conforming principles of the Master. 

Point the Sword of Truth to a lover of the nox- 
ious weed, and see him dodge behind an elder 
that uses it, or behind a preacher that is in the 
Bame company I Oh, yea, anything to hide be 
hind! Peter dodged one night, but he could not 
escape the eye of Jesus. Just so with those 
dodgers now! Christ's penetrating eye can see 
through anything one tries to hide behind. The 
faults of others will in no wise lessen your own 
sin. I like to see soldiers come out and stand 
boldly, — facing the enemy that gets in the way, 

Dodge not at anything, but fight the fight of 
faith with a zeal that shows you are not ashamed 
of your religion anywhere! 

Some dodge so much that the neck gets sore 
working in th© yoke, and the more they dodge, 
the more unruly they become, until they dodge 
all discipline, and finally dodge out of the church 
and dodge into line with an alliance with the 
world, and as the din of battle has ceaaed over 
there, because of a compromise, of course there is 
no dodging necessary. 

A query arises in the mind as to how a dodging 
professor will act in the next world. He can not 
dodge the Bhaft of death. With all his dodging 
he can not dodge the judgment. No one is there 
to hide behind, in order to escape punishment. 
The hide and seek game is not carried on in eter- 
nity. It is a game of seek there. Tour sin will 
find you out, The "Word of Truth will find you. 
The All-seeing eye of God will find you, J udg- 
ment and condemnation will find you. One may 
dodge in a measure the duties and responsibilities 
of this life, but there will be no dodging the final 
issues of eternity. We may dodge religious du- 
ties, saored vows, or newly-made promises here, 
but, remember, beyond the river everything will 
be an open reality, — nothing can be hid from God ! 
Tuhwnga, Cat. 



ing for Truth, — natural and revealed. If men 
seek for natural truth only, they will not he 
brought nearer to God. The Greeks and other 
nations of the past were very intellectual; but 
their intelligence did not bring them to God. 

The church is getting better because its intelli- 
gence is leading it to accept truths which once 
were buried beueath notions. We are beginning 
to use our hearts, our minds, our hands, our feet 
and our money more for the Lord. Ministers who 
formerly taught that it is wrong for one who 
preaches the Gospel to bo supported, are as much 
ashamed to preach that theory now as othei'B are 
to preach "infant damnation." The one is aa far 
from God's Word as the other. The end ib not 
yet. 

Beatrice, Nebr. 



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BETTER, BETTEE, BETTER! 

BY J. E. YOUNQ. 

Number Two. 
We do not think the chnich is growing better 
simply because it is more intelligent or learned. 
We may have more education than we had in 
former days, and be farther from God's Word 
than when we had less education, or educated peo- 
ple. We bBlieye that some denominations are 
farther from God's Word to-day than they were 
when they had fewer educated ministers, and yet 
education does not necessarily demand a depart- 
ure from Bevealed Truth.' True eduoation im- 
plies the opposite. Educating one's self is seek- 



THANKSGIVING OFFERING. 

Levi Good S 

John Frantz 

A. Landia 

David Eupel, Horth Liberty, Ind 

Mary Ann Johnson, Teegardeu, Ind 

Geo. Harbaugh, Teegardeu, Ind 

Milton Garber, Sangerville, Va 

Cora A. Martin, Juniata, Nebr 

W. F. Hollenberger and wife, Saline Oity, 

Ind 

Hannah Zumbrum, Wolf Lake, Ind 

Sugar Creek church, 

Centre View church, Mo 

Henry Tranter, Shoals, Ind 

David Culler, Louisville, O 

Maud Anderson, Pottstown, Pa 

, Altenwald, Pa 

Monroe County church, la 

Mary L. Lentz, Harrod, 

Few brethren and sisters in Canton, . . . . 

Anna M. Wayland, Mt. Jackson, Va 

Hershberger brothers, Everett, Pa 

D. G. Hendricks, Chester, Pa 

Geo. Holler, Huntington, Ind 

W. H. Slabaugh, Lamar, Mo 

Andrew Teeter, Peabody, Kans 

S. I. Mow, Cory, Ind 

Lottie, Lorie and Clara Fruit, Savonburgb, 

Kans A 

Loaisa Davidson, Centreburgb, 

8. M. Shwek, Preston, Minn 

P. S. Maust, Preston, Minn 

A. Steele 

Daniel Eminert, Mt. Morris, 111 

Jacob Arnold, Lanark, 111 

Bettie 0. Knupp, Nevin, 

Conrad Basp, Bising City, Nebr 

Nancy Miller, Gettysburg!!, 

Eaohel Fox, New Stanton, Pa 

Lydia Snell, Goshen, 

A. A. Ownly, Daoatur, la 

E. P. Peffley, Goshen, Ind 

D. L. Martin, Clay Lick, Pa 

L'zzie Fyrock, Purchase Line, Pa 

Mary Stalnaker, ElkinB, W. Va 

Margaret Sechim, Somerdale, 

Saline churoh, Kans 

Abraham Clingenpeel and wife, Flora, Ind. 

Caroline Beer, Bockton, Pa 

N. P. Nielsen, Eosalia, Kans 

Sarah Stonder, Goshen, 

Dapbna Stinespring, Cowan's Depot, Va . . 

A. 8. Beery, Logan, 

Mrs. D. M. Baughman, PulaBki, la 

David and Phebe Whitmer, North Liberty, 

Ind 

Bro. B. B., Monticello, Ind 

Ann Trontman, Pennsylvania 

Sister E. Brumbaugh, Kent, O 

Salome Anderson, Ladoga, Ind 



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. Kate Guth, Beading, Pa 1 00 

D. H. Neikirk, Lemasters, Pa 1 00 

Isaao Brumbaugh and family, Grafton, Pa. 2 00 

Mrs. Elizabeth Albright, West Lodi, O. . . . 1 00 

Eden Valley church, Kans 5 00 

Harrison Copp, Woodstock, Va 5 00 

Sadie Bnrket, Everett, Pa 1 00 

Aaron Lnkenbaob, Bradish, Nebr 2 50 

A sister, Burlington, W. Va 1 00 

Clara E. Hangh, Bascom, O 10 

Henry Balsbaugh, Harrisburgh, Pa 1 00 

Eeber Family, Waterloo, Is.' 5 00 

sisters, Martiusburgb, Pa 2 00 

J. K. Spaoht, New Stark, O 1 00 

Mrs. A. O. Barr, Philadelphia, Pa 2 00 

D. L. Miller, Troas. 

Notes from our Correspondents. 



—Under date of Jan. 7, Bro. Daniel Suell 
writes: " I commenced a meetiug in the Yellow 
Biver District, Marshall Co., Ind., Deo. 14, and 
closed Jan. 1, preaching iu all twenty- seven ser- 
mons. As an immediate result two were bap- 
tized, and the indications are that othertj are near 
the kingdom. I expect to commence a series of 
meetings in the Bango churoh, Elkhart Co., Ind., 
Jan. 18. Bro. David Ni-ff, of Eoann, Ind., com- 
menced meetiugs for us in the Spring Creek 
church, Koreiusko Co., Ind., Jan. 4, with fair 
proBpeots. I will report results at the close of the 
meetings." 

— Concerning the use of tobacco, Bro. Israel 
Miller, of McPherson, Kans., has this to say: "I 
used tobaooo for morn than thirly five years aud 
never waB without the weed for over a day 
at a time daring all those years. I waa a per- 
[eot slave to it. I had mode several effirls to 
quit it and failed, bat lately, from the reading of 
the Mebbenqeu, and from the remarks of the 
Brethren here, in preaching and in prayer-meet- 
ing, I was induced, by the graos of Gi d, to make 

one nnire ellnrt to qui:, ' (I <ln<l. I 

have not tasted tobacco for six weeks, and have no 
desire for it at all. I feel better than I have 
for many years, and no amount of money would 
induce me to use it again." 

—From the Naperville churoh, III, Bro. fl. M. 
Barkdoll writes: "The members of the churoh 
here have their joys and sorrows. Sorrow filled 
our hearts when we had to part from our dear 
brother, John Netzly, and his family, who have 
moved to Nebraska. May tho Lord bless their 
labors! Since then our sorrow has been turned 
to joy, when two young sisters united with the 
church. May they be o bright light to othersl 
Bro. G. D Zullars commenced some meetings Nov. 
24, and continued for one week. On Thanksgiv- 
ing Day we met in council-meeting at Batavia. 
The day was spent profilably to us all. Bro. 
Samuel Studebaker commenced meetings Dec. 22, 
and closed on tho 27th. Brethren Studebaker and 
Simon Yundt then went nine miles below Joliet, 
to conduct some meetings there. We expect Bro. 
Witmore to be with us soon, to have another se- 
ries of meetiugs. May the Lord prepare the 
hearts of the people! " 

—Under date of Jan. 2, Bro. Alexander Miller, 
of Nappanee, Ind., writes: "I left home Deo. 12, 
and stopped with the Brethren in the Eel Biver 
congregation. We had pleasant meetings, not- 
withstanding the dark nights and muddy roads. 
The attendance and the interest were good. This 
ohurch is under the care of Eld. Samuel Leok- 
rone, and in good working order. Dec. 20 I com- 
menced meetings with the Brethren of the Boann 
churoh, and continued twelve days. Our meet- 
ings were largely attended. Four preoious young 



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Jan. 21, 



Bonis made 'be gn,,; 1 confession and were bap- 
tized into Cliript. D..n< goer meeting Ibo Breth- 
ren belt! a ohoioe for two deacons; the lot fell on 
brethren Jts.ee Patera and O.'.on Flory. May 
they work faithfully for the good of the ohurohl 
This church is under the care of elders David 
Neff and Benjamin Neff. The wife of the latter 
and another nged bister being under the hand of 
affliction, called for the elders and were anointed 
with oil." 

— Writing from the Yellow River churoh, Mar- 
shall County, Iud., Bro, D W. Wolf writes: "At 
our late series of meetings two were made billing 
to accept ChrisK Bio. Daniel Snell, of Sidney, 
Ind., conducted the meetings; he preached twenty- 
four sermons while with us." 

—Sister Sarah A. Miller, of Lewistown, Ohio, 
under date of .lau. 6, writea: "Bro. J H. Miller, 
of GoBben, Ind., was with us recently and held 
some excelleut meetings for as. Two char eouls 
came out on the Lord's side, and others are think- 
ing seriously upon their lost oondition." 

—Bro. B. F. Kittingor, of the Marsh Creek 
ohurcb, Adams Co, Pa., wiites: "Bro. E. L. 
Brower, of Virginia arrived here Jan. 4, and 
labored earuestly and efficiently for the Master 
until the 18th, Bro. T. J. Kolb, of the Monocacy 
ohurcb, was with us reoently and labored for us 
earnestly during an entire week" 

—From Texas County, Mo., Bro. L. A. Hon- 
berger writes: " Christinas Day was the time ap- 
pointed, by the saints at this place, to commence 
a series of meetings. The spirit of the Lord was 
striving with the people, and there was great joy 
manifested because six dear souls confessed the 
Savior on ChristmaB Day. The meetings closed 
Jan. 5 with two more additions." 

—Bro. John H. Baker, from the Woodland 
church, 111., writes: " We are still striving for the 
kingdom. We held a week's meetings, oondnoted 
by the home ministry. The meetings were inter- 
esting and well attended. There were no addi- 
tions, but we think al! were benefited. The dark 
clouds that have been hanging over us are pasBing 
away; may brighter days Boon favor no!" 

— From the Jonathan Creek church, Ohio, Bro 
Jacob Leckrone writes: "This is one among the 
oldest churcbeB in the State. For the satisfaction 
of the many who have moved away from here 1 
would state that we certaiuly have cause to rejoice 
over the ingathering we have had during the last 
year. This church has three houses of worship. 
We bad twenty-seven additions during the year. 
Give God theglorj!" 

—Bro. M. A. Royer, of Roseburg, Oregon, 
writes: » Dec. 10 we were mad,, glad by the pres- 
ence of brethren S. 8. Barklow and David Brower 
among us. The former pivacbed an interesting 
sermon for na. We hop< oar ministering breth- 
ren will not forget us, when traveling through 
this section of 



—Under date of Jan. 7, sister Mary Switzer, of 
Washbnrn, 111 , writes: "Bro. P. A. Moore, of Ro- 
anoke, 111 , cflojo to the Pigeon Creek church on 
Christmas Day and held some meetings at the 
Oak Grove meeting-honso. Deo. 28, Bro. Solo- 
mon Bucklew came to his assistance, and also 
preached several Bermons. As an immediate re- 
sult of tbeir labors two wore baptized, and others 
are brought veiv near the fold. Eld. C. S. Hol- 
singer has also .sen doing a good work among us 
by visiting,— p.« directed by Annual Meeting,— 
from house to house among the members, urging 
all to live a more holy and devoted life to Christ." 

—Under date of Jan. 10, Bro. H. E. Kitcb, of 
the Sugar Creek church, Whitley County, Ind , 
writes: " Eld. John Wright, of Serbia, Iud , came 
to us Dec 24 and preached for us untiHbe 3Iatj 
in the west end of onr congregation. At this place 
one came out on the Lord's sido. The meetings 
were then moved to the Sugar Creek meeting- 
house. The interest here was good, though the 
weatber was very inclement most of the time, 
and the roads very bad. Our meetings at this 
place closed with one addition by baptism, and 
one reclaimed. May they be good Boldiers to 
fight the battles of the Lord, and prove faithful 
to the Master!" 

—Under date of Jan. 7, Bro. P. D. Fahrney, of 
Frederick, Md,, writes: " We have had a seaBon 
of rejoicing in oar little church. Bro. S. N. Mc- 
Cann oame to ns Nov. 24, and continued laboring 
for four weeks, during which time two precious 
sonla were made willing to follow the teachings of 
the lowly Nczarene, Jesus. Bro. McCann labored 
zealously whilo with us, and we are made to feel 
that mauy more are standing, as it were, very near 
the portals of the church. As yet wo are yonng 
in the work, and bat few in number, and need the 
prayers of the Brethren in general. Bro. Mc- 
Cann began a meeting in the Monrovia congrega- 
tion Dec. 29, and, at present writing, two in that 
district have already confessed Jesus as their Lord 
and Master." 



—Under da'e of Jan. S, Bro. John Zaek sends 
the following from the Cedar County church, la.: 
" Bro. S 0. Miller, o£ Robins, la., has concluded' 
his labors with us for the present. The meetings 
were held at Harmony Point, four miles south of 
Clarence,— beginning Dec 20 and closing Jan. 6. 
The meetings were interesting aud well attended. 
There were none added to the church, bnt the 
members were encouraged and Borne were ' al- 
most persuaded to become Christiana.' We hope 
they will soon come out on the Loid's side. The 
good seed was well sown, and wo feel that sons 
will grow to bear fruit. Bro. Samuel thinks of 
giving much of his time to' the mission cause. 
We bid him Godspeed, and eau truiy recommend 
him as an humble, faithful worker for Chiiot." 

— The great importance of following' up mis- 
bionary efforts with proper teaching and a tender 



— TJje impoitance of being '.cell grounded in the 
faitb, is the subject or a short essay by sister 
MaryMcCutchen. She writes: 'There is only one 
safe and sure foundation on which wo can rest onr 
hope for happiness,— there ia only one who will 
never fail us, and that ia Christ Jesus, our Lord. 
It will not do to rely upon the world for happi- 
ness, and tbo good that we need for oureeiveB and 
others. Our hope should be in him who is the 
way, the truth end tho life. He has never failed 
those who put their trust in him. He says, 
' I will never leave you nor forsake you,' and 
this bjes6ed assurance ought to be an incsntive 
to press onward in the way where there is perfect 
bliss, and which shall lead us to joys eternal at 
God's right hand. Obi the blessed comfort that, 
when done with the foils aud trials of life, we may 
all meet in that upper end better land, where, free 
from pain and eickness, temptation and sorrow, 
separation and death, we shall live forever! " 

—From the mission field of North.east?rn Mis- 
souri, Bro. C. 0. Boot writes: "After being en- 
gaged in missionary toil and travel in the North- 
ern Counties of Missouri for tweuty-six days, I 
returned home, with many reasons to take courage 
and thank the Lord! That this ia a proper field 
for mission work, ia proved by the fact that in a 
number of Counties, within a radius of nearly 100 
miles from the only organised church uota mem- 
ber was found to be loca'ed In other Counties 
within that section, a few members have united 
with the church, while also a few have located 
there, but quite a number of the meetings held 
during this tour wera not witnessed by a single 
member except myself. I have, however, had the 
assistance of our esteemed aud much devoted 
brother, C. Lapp, in most of this work. The per- 
manent location of an elder in tbjs region is of 
great importance— especially one who would give 
himself wholly to the work of traveling and labor- 
ing among the scattered Isiubo and the many 
kind friends who are now in sympathy with the 
primitive doctrine of the Gospel, and who are to 
be found all through this vast field. I have con- 
sented to attend to this work for the present, un- 
til it can bo better supplied. Brethren, pray for 
the success of the work!" 



una section of cuu ni n Ti-.^v -m find ,.n hv ... ."" --—.._...._ r .„ r „. ^ U1I , 8 „,„ a „„„„ 
auitinu at II „ d„n„, 1 il i V ? y • eare for the lamba o£ tho fo!d . « emphasized in a 
qumngat u.e depot hotel, restaurant, or ticket short, article 1™ R™ TO™ I, w„». „pn.„.. ., 



— Fiom R» e er»vil)e, O, Bro. Edward E. Shep- 
fer writes: "Bro. J. D. Paiker commenced a se- 
ries of meeiinge Dec. 29, at this place. The meet- 
ings were continued over New Year with increas- 
ing interest. Three precious eouls came out on 
the Louis side and were baptized. May God give 
them grace, and strengthen their faith, that they 
may be valiant soldiers of the ciobb, fighting the 
battles of the Lord maufullyl Mauy others are 
thinking seriously of their duty to themselves 
and their God. May the Lord knock at the door 
of their hearts, and urge them to come uhile it is 
called to-day. We feel that much good was done 
by these meetings in building up and encourag- 
ing the membera of the household of faith." 



short article by Bro. Wm, L. Watts, of Brentwood, 
Ark. He says: " I am glad that our ministers are 
so faithful in preaching the Word in places where 
our doctrine ie, as yet, unknown. While some 
are thus brought to the church, it is a question 
with me whether it iB not, to say the least, un- 
wise, to leave the new converts altogether without 
that kind attention that should be bestowed upon 
them, in order to make them useful members of 
the church of OhriBf. In temporal matters we do 
not act in that way. After we have our corn 
plauted, we do not leave it unattended,— lest the 
weeds should prevail, — we diligently labor to in- 
sure a good crop. Too. often the lambs of the 
fold are neglected, and, left to themselves, they fall 
by the way, and reproach is brought upon the 
cause of Christ." 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



Be brief! Notes 



Notes of Travel. 

NUMBER V. 

In my last, I believe, I aaid we had made ar- 
rangements for council. meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 
24, 1889. Bro. Bashor arrived here (Moscow) on 
Wednesday evening, Dec 18. We had meetings 
every evening the rest of the week; also on Sun- 
day forenoon aud evening, and on Monday even- 
ing. About aa many were present as could be 
seated comfortably. Good attention was given to 
the preached Word. On Tuesday we met at 10 A. 
M for church business. Bro. J. 0. Lahman just 
arrived in the morning, in time to organize for 
business. The church agreed that brethren Bash- 
or, Lahman and the writer should act as a com- 
mittee to investigate their troubles. We were in 
session from 10 A. M. to 3 P. M., and from 6 to 9 
P. M on the first day. Wednesday we labored 
a 10 A. M. to 4 P. M,, which completed our la- 
in receiving chirges and testimony. We had 
public services again on Wednesday (Christmas) 
evening. We spent all day Thursday and part of 
Friday morning in making out our report, We 



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45 



had preaching again on Thursday evening. We met 
agaiu on Friday at 10 A M. to report to the 
church the tvsnlt of our investigations. Though 
we found a good roaDy in fault, asked acknowl- 
edgments, and felt compelled, under the circum- 
stances, to relieve both of. the eldera of their elder- 
ship, yet our report wae accepted without a 
dissenting voice, and acknowledgments were 
willingly inade. Wo believe there is a better day 
dawniDg on the Moscow ohuVoh. With a few ex- 
ceptions, we can highly commend the conduct of 
our brethren and Bisters during the investigation 
of their troubled, believing that iiie Holy Spirit 
pervaded their bonis ai.d min'da during oar delib- 
erations. We believe if they will bury the things 
oE the past and commence Anew, or, as Paul says, 
"Forget the things behind, aad press forward 
toward the prize of the msrk of their high calling 
of God in Christ Jesus," they may yet become a 
nucleus, around which many sister churches may 
gather. 

Bro. M- M. Bsshor, of Oregon, is placed in 
charge of the church until farther arrangements 
can be made. The council-meeting waa closed on 
Friday, at 3 P. M., with a very good feeling per- 
vading the entire membership, which numbered 
about thirty during the entire meeting. 

We continued public services Friday evening, 
Saturday evening, Srrnday forenr.ou and evening, 
meeting, in all, with them twenty-sis times in 
public worship, and over three days in council. 
On Sunday evening wo bade them farewell, Bro. 
Bashor mailing his way homeward, and Bro, Lah- 
mau and I coming to this place (Tekoa, Wash). 

For fear some of our brethren and sisters may 
conclude the missionary work is all pleasure and 
sunshine, I will givo a little of our experience 
coming to this piece. It being a little out of the 
way to come here by rail, we thought we might 
save Rome expense by coming by private convey- 
ance, bo Bro West'-e son, Wesley, volunteered to 
bring us across, about 4.0 miles, in hisnewdouble- 
seated sleigh. It stormed some on Sunday night, 
but had subsided on Monday morning, and the 
prospects for a fair day being favorable, we (Bro. 
Lahman and wife, sister Stewart, driver and I) 
started about daylight. We found the roacU 
blockaded in the Btart, but thought when we 
would get on the main roads, we would find them 
better; but before we got very far on our way, it 
commenced suowiug again, and most of the way 
we could not see the road aud had to feel our way 
through the enow as beat we could. Suddenly we 
would find ourselves to be in a ditch with horses 
and sleigh, Then all would get out and re-arrange 
our Bleigh and team; all this in snow about twenty 
inches on the level. 

While making our way towards Palouee City, 
where we intended to stop for dinner, — just as we 
got in sight of that place our sleigh upset again. 
Wo then concluded that we could not reach our 
destination that day, but thought if we could 
reach Farmington, wo would send the team back 
and take the railroad. We had fairly good roads 
for a while, but towards eveniGg they got worse 
than ever. We got into a snow- dtift end broke our 
double-tree, and had to go about half a mile to 
borrow one. While the driver was gone, Bro. 
Lahman and I threw open the fence, seeing there 
was no possible way to get through the lane. We 
had quite a time prying the sleigh out of the drift, 
and re-arranging it, but finally started again on our 
way. It was now beginning to get dark and we 
were still five miles from Farmington. Getting 
back through another fence into the lane again, we 
did not go far until we upset again ; but nothing was 
broken, and no one hurt. We now came to a 
farm-hou6e, where by earnest entreaty we were 
entertained over night. Next morning we left 
the sleigh and borrowed a sled of our host, Mr. 



Hamer, and were about three hours g ping four 
aud one-half miles to Farmington. We just g>t 

there in time to secure tickets and 

traiu. The weather was uot verj ool«] the fit-tit 
day, or we would have i'h> tl much . «m . but tup 
second day it was much colder, and yesterday 
■ -.bout thirty-six degrees 
below zero. 

We had our first meeting last night. There 
wero eight hearers,— ail men, it being ton cold for 
many to venture opping to-day at 

Bro. Hnffmau'e; it is quite cold and stormy. 

1>. E PbicB. 

Tekoa, Wash, Jan, .?. 

To the Brethren of the Western District of 
Pennsylvania. 

By virtue of the authority imposed upon me, as 
Clerk of the last District Meeting, I make known 
the fact that the District Meeting for 1890 will be 
held with the Brethren of the Quemahoning con- 
gregation, near Sipesville, five milr-n north of Som- 
erset, Somerset Co., Pa. Bro. Michael Meyers, 
who is Corresponding Secretary, will give due no- 
tice of the time of meeting and other arrange- 
ments. Joseph Holboitle, Clerk. 

Two Glorious Meetings, 

Brethren J. W. Eller and Daniel Brubnker, of 
Salem, "Va,, began a series of meetings at the 
Brick church, Floyd Co., Va., Dec. 20. 

Bro. Eller did the preaching, aud Bro. Brubak- 
er led the singing. Both brethren were suited to 
tbeir work. They continued until Dec. 29. Ah 
an immediate result, six persons made application 
for membership. Wo were much encouraged by 
tho brethren, and tbey carry with them our beet 
wishes. 

May the Lord bless their labors in this life in 
the conversion of sinners, and, when done with 
them here, give them a home in heavtnl 

D^c. 29 Bro. Harvey Wpd'lle and I began a se- 
ries of meetings at Union, Floyd Co. The Spirit 
of the Lord whs 60on maaifi-sted, and the house 
was filled to overflowing with eager listener.- 1 . Wo 
removed a window in order to accommodate those 
who could not get into the house. 

On one occasion a large number of brethren, old 
and young, vacated the house, and stood in dark- 
ness, in order to let their friends and children get 
the benefit of the services. But tho Lord was 
with them. When we extei d d an invitation, five 
young people in the house came forward. Just 
then an old brother, outside the house, called out, 
" Look this way] " and when wo turned to look, 
two young men came up, desiring to enter the 
vineyard. Ado' her one said he wanted to go home 
and get his father's consent. The next night he 
came forward. 

We closed our meetings Jan. b 1 , with twenty-two 
applicants, ranging from thirteen to seventy-eight 
years of age. 

One young man, whose mother is in eternity, 
and whoae father is not a Christian, remarked to 
the congregation, when we led him into the water, 
" I have one desire, and that is to meet my mother 



Thus ended our meetings. Give God the glory ! 
C. D. Hylton. 



" It was not for the Apostloj alone that Christ 
went 'to prepare a place.' He is entered ioto 
heaven as our Forerunner, and we, if we are be- 
lievers indeed, may be said, in virtue of our union 
with him, 'to sit together with him in heavenly 
places.' Let us continually be tending thither, in 
more affectionate desires, and more ardent pur- 
suits." 



To My Correspondents. 

On the night of Nov. 24. 1 boarded the cars at 
Johnstown, Pa, en route for Mt. Morris, 111. It 
had long been my desire to enter the College at 
that place, but continual disease had kept me 
from putting the desire into execution. But, after 
years of waiting, heaven smiled upon my hopes 
and I was blessed with better health. During the 
month of September t came west, intending to vis- 
it with friends for several months aud then begin 
sohool- life about tho Holidays. But I had only 
gone as far as Indiana, when I received the sad 
message that a brother-in-law was dead, and with 
stricken heart I hastened home. O, what change 
a few short days had wrought! One face was 
miesing among the friends who greeted me, one 
chair was vacant, one heart I loved was lying cold 
"i I ath, And" O," I thought, "how uncertain 
id life! To-day we are here, to-morrow where? 
How thin the veil, how short the step between ub 
and the eternal world! " But if we live in Christ 
it matters not how Boon we go, nor in what way; 
we only pass from death unto eternal life,— from 
darknesB iuto tho blessed light of God's sweet 
countenance. How needful, then, that we prepare 
ourselves for the certain change that awaits us 
all! 

Many were the fond wishes, aud fervent the 
prayers that mingled with that sad farewell. My 
heart took a retrospective view, and once again I 
lived through the joys and soirows of earlierdays. 
Kecolloclions of blesBed cbildhood thronged upon 
me,— of the childhood when a mother's love was 
mine,— of happy days wo spent together ere the 
cruel grave enclosed her piecious form I Thanks 
be to God for the bliss und rapture of a memory 
so sacred! Thanks be to God for a still more 
blessed joy, — the hope that I may one day meet 
her in a world beyond the skies I 

It seemed hard to part with the cherished fa- 
ther, the dear brothers aud oifitore, aud all the loved 
friends of my childhoo ['a home, and O, I wondered 
if ever again, on earth, WQ should meet as we met 
that day. But then wo thought of that Bweet 
home whore friends are re-united, where tears are 
wiped away mid parting never comes. May God 
keep us faithful, is my prayer! 

I arrived nt Mt Morris ou the evening of Nov. 
30, and the next night a dispatch came, bearing 
the sad message that Win. Nuffeiuger, husband's 
only brother, was dun/!. ThuB they leave ue, one 
by one! Hardly has tie "cold boatman" taken 
one loved one from us, until he returns to row 
another over the chilly tide. 

We boarded tho cars early next morning, and 
before daylight were whii led toward Ohio. At 3 
o'clock P. M. wo arrived at the house of mourn- 
ing and stood by tho corpse of one who had so 
lately stood in the vigor of strong, young man- 
hood. We can not understand why such Bhould 
be called away, but we leave the mystery to him 
who " moves in a mysterious way his wonders to 
perform." We feel confident— and in the consola- 
tion our hearts rejoice— that Willie's life of devo- 
tion and consecration to God has won for him a 
home of fadeless glory, "eternal and in the heav- 
ens." "Be ye also ready, for in suoh an hour 
as ye thinkoot the Son of Man cometh." 

Saturday, Dec. 7th, we returned to Mt Morris, 
and at preseut both husband and Belf are attend- 
ing school. We expect to remain here some time 
and prepare ourselves more fully for work in the 
Master's cause. 

To each dear correspondent; we sand a tender 
greeting, and should be glad to welcome you all to 
our Mt. Morris homel 

Sadie Bkallieb Noffsinger. 

Dec. 17, 1889. 



THE GOSPEL MK8SENOER. 



From Markleysburg, Pa. 

I LIFT my home in Gurrett County, 
Md., od Christ mae Day t«> preaoh for 
the Brethren at the Pine &n m • 
i ! . Prom tho 
County-seat ol the above O onty. 
arrived fit the place ol loeetiug in 
time for evening Bervioes, nad found 
an anxious congrnga- 

tion waitiig Bn 

and Ierat I I aiuietei 

at this place. The meetings had 
been in progre no several ^vouings be- 
fore I arrived. I delivered my firBt, 
serqyju on Wednesday eveniog, and 
from that time on had nipetings reg- 
ularly each evening until the close. 

On Friday morning two young 
brethren toade the good confession, 
and on Saturday morning another 
young brother arose to walk in new- 
ness of life. On Sunday night three 
young sisters came out on the Lord's 
side. After we diamissed the con- 
■ ' a, three men came to me and 
said they wanted to join in with us, 
and wonted to be baptized that night 
After calling the congregation to 
order, we instructed the applicant 
for baptism, and then went where 
there was much water. There, in the 
silent hour of the night, with the 
rnoou and Btars shining bove us, and 
in the presence of a large crowd of 
penplo, we p sacred or- 

dinance. One of the applicants was 
about sixty- five 5 cars of age. 

On tbi* following morning (Mon- 
day) we again met at the river-side, 
and baptized the three young siBterB 
that came out on Sunday evening. 

On Monday evening the elder of 
the above congregation, Bro. Thomas 
Diiiumu, came to our assistance, Up- 
on our retnrn from meeting on that 
evc-niug, about half past nine o'clock, 
we we»e inf< rmed by some brethren, 
that there was a man who wanted to 
be baptized that night. We again 
went to the water-aide, and, amid a 
orowd of brethren mid aiders, wo saw 
a brother arise to walk in newness of 
life. We were loith I i 1 
place, but were obliged to bid fare- 
well to the Brethren on Monday 
night, bo aa to reach our school in 
■ ■II we bad a pleasant Benson. 
Eli ven precion ■ • e added to 

the church. Where, about nine 
years ago, there was but one member, 
now we have a goud house and about 
seventy-five members, We ieh the 
meeting in care of Bro Digmau, 
reached borne safely, and found all 
well, for which we thank the Lord! 
Jabpeb Babnthouse. 

Quarterly Notes. 

Bito. Wm. 8. Toney, of Cisb County, 
Ind, name bore D<-c 24 ou.l began 
meeting the samfi evening. The fol- 
lowing day (Cbriaimas) the funeral 
of fainter Zura Malott took place at 
our meeting- kottaa. Services were 
Bro. Toney, assisted by 
our home ministers. Sister Malott 
hf-.d hepii a grt at sufferer ever since 
April, bhe nib.de her home with her 



ton where she was well cared for. 
She called for the elders and was 
anointed according to James 5, after 
which she^ was wholly reconciled. 
She a-l-nouished her children, and 
prayed them to meet her in heaven. 
It was, inuVed, a very solemn Christ- 
mas meeting to ns all. 

Bro. Toney preaohed for us every 
night until the 28th, when Bro. Jacob 
Fisher, of Mexico, Ind., came. He, 
with Bro. Toney, held forth the Word 
nntil the 31st, when Bro. Toney bade 
us farewell. During hia stay among 
us he canvassed this church in the 
interest of the Old Folks and Or- 
phans' Home at Mexico, Ind. His 
whole heart appears to be in the 
work. Bro. Fisher stayed with us, 
continuing the meetings until Jan. 
3, when he, too, returned to his home. 

The brethren, while here among 
us, gave much good counsel. Though 
we had no accessions, many lasting 
impressions were made. Some o£ 
our members were not permitted to 
attend the meetings on account o£ 
sickness. 0. 0. Abnold. 

Somerset Ind. 



.Literary .Notes. 



" Foot-Prints of Christ." By Rev 
William M. Campbell. i:mo, 375 pp , cloth, 
$1.50. New York: Funk & W agnails. 

The author of this book knows how to 
write good English. His style is a happy 
combination ol vigor and simplicity. For 
subject-matter he lias chosen an inexhaust 
lble theme, beginning with the boyhood of 
Jesus, his characteristics, labors, lessons, 
methods, and the striking scenes that made 
up hi, busy life, are so depicted as to awaken 
fresh interest In the Hero of Revelation. 
Trie bojk contains sixty chapters, treating as 
many distinct topics. We select the follow- 
ing as samples: "Christ Dealing with an In- 
quirer; Honoring God's Word; Behavior in a 
Panic; Ignoring Social Distinction; Absence 
of Envy;Jesus as Reprover; Steadiness amid 
Popularity; Mural Courage; Silence of Jesus; 
Self-Revelation; Not a Stickler; Answering 
Hypocritical Questions; Attention to Chil- 
dren; Treatment of Idle Curiosity; Affected 
by Human Sympathy; Submission to the Di- 
vine Will." Tne boak is presentable in ap- 
pearance, admirable in spirit and stvle, and 

would be a good book to put into the hand* 
ol young people, and would kindle desires to 






of 1 






onage 



with bucn inaniloiJ traits and title! 
lived our example and died our sacrifice. It 
would also be very suggestive to preachers, 
religious teachers and workers, it Bhould 
find a welcome place in every Christian home. 
it is decidedly a good book. 



"The Patience of Hope and other Ser- 
mons," by the late Rev. Joseph H. Wright, 
With a brief Sketch of his Life. Edited by 
Oliver J. Thatcher, Professor in the United 
Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Alle- 
gheny, Pa. 1 2 mo. 324 pp, cloth, $1.25. New 
York: Funk & Wagnalls. 

The author of these sermons was a grad- 
uate of Union College, Schenectady, and of 
the U- P. Theological Seminary, Newburgh, 
N. Y. He had only three pastorates— Daven- 
port, N. Y, Philadelphia, Pa., and Xcnia ; 
O. We learn from the Sketch that he was 
considered far beyond the average, both in 
pastoral efficiency and pulpit ability. In the 
vigor of manhood and in the midst of 
growing usefulness he was cut down by the 
relentless enemy on the 20th day of March 
1889. His large circle of friends will be glad, 
to learn that, as a substantial memento, 
fifteen sermons, which mnny of them heard 



fall from hU eloquent lip*, are added to the 
Sketch and put into a book. The sermons 
sheeted arc on the following topics: "The 
Patience of Hope; The Gospel Call; Fin- 
ish-i!; Prisoners of Hope; John the Great; 
The Smitten Shepherd; The Only Salvation; 
God's Word like Rain; God's Building; Our 
God; Our Sun and Shield; Danger, Duty, 
Comfort; Call to the Ministry; Truth; Con- 
vincing the World of Righteousness." These 
sermons are lucid, pathetic, inspiring, well- 
illustrated, beautiful in diction, practical in 
application, and can hardly help making the 
candid reader wiser and better. The editor 
is also to be commended for doing his part 
of the work so well. 



"Beneath Two Flaos." By Maud B. 
Booth. i2mo, cloth, 2SS pp. Price $100. 
New York: Funk & Wagnalls. 

This book was written to explain, and, per- 
haps, to vindicate the work of the Salvation 
Army. The author is the wife of Marshal 
Boolii, who is the son oE General William 
Booth, founder and leader of the whole Move- 
ment. As the Marshal and his wife have 
charge of the American work, and as she has 
been identified with the Army for eight years, 
she Is presumably qualified to write intelli- 
gently on the subject. Whoever will take 
pains to read the book will find this presump- 
tion well founded. In twenty-one chapters 
the book sets forth, in an interesting manner, 
a history of the movement of this body of 
people and the work they have been engaged 



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PRICE— WELCH.— Dec. 29, by the under- 
signed, Bro. Joseph F. Price to sister Irena 
Welch, bolh of Sherman County, Kansas. 
John F. Cline. 

MILLER — GREENWOOD.— At South 
Bend, Ind., Dec. 31, by the undersigned, 
Bro. U. S. Grant Miller to Miss Ida May 
Greenwood, both of St. Joseph County, 
Ind. H. W. Kriegiibaum. 

SCHMUCKER— RUSH.— At the residence 
of Mr. Jas. Heinbaugh, Dec. 31, by the un- 
dersigned, Preston Schmucker to Miss Em- 
ma F. Rush, all of Carroll County, III. 
S.J. Harrison. 

WESTALL-DUPLER.— At the residence 
of the bride's father, Perry County, Ohio, 
Dec. 1, by the undersigned, Mr. Josh.ua 
Westail to sister Emma Dupler, both of 
Perry County, Ohio. 

John M. Bowman. 



+->FALLEN*ASLEEP<-> 



TROUT.— At Cnvlna, Cal., Dec. 31, 18S9. 
Paul W. Trout, son of Bro Thomas and 
Ida Trout, aged a years, 3 months and 22 

He was a bright and industrious little 
son, ever ready to assist wherever he could. 
While the parents are &ad and lonely, their 
dear child is enjoying a happy and undi 
turbed sleep in Jesus. 

The funeral discourse was preached by o 
much loved-brother, Henry Frantz, of Ohi 
We feel that he, In a great degree, succeeded 
in reconciling the hearts of the parents t 
their great arnieiiuni, arid lu.nling them to be 
lieve that this sad bereavement was for God' 
glory and their eternal good! 

David A. Norcross. 
REAM.— At Liberal, Mo., June 29, iSSc 

Samuel Ream, aged 69 years, 11 months 

and 6 days. 

Deceased was a consistent member of the 
church for nearly forty years. He lived Iso- 
lated from the church for twenty years, He 
was anointed three days before he died. Fu- 
neral services were conducted by Eld. Wm, 
Harvey, assisted by D. W. Teeter, both of 
I Jasper County. He leaves a wife, three 



dren and eleven grandchildren. Three chil- 
dren preceded him to the spirit world. 

Emma Ream. 
LAUER.— In the B3ugo church. Ind-, Aug. 
24. Bro. Michael Lauer, aged 35 years and 
13 days. Services by B^o. H. M. Schwalm 
and the writer, from John 11: 28. 
SMELTZ— In the tame church, Nov. 13, 
1SS9, Bro. Valentine Smeltz, aged 44 years, 
3 months and 9 days. Services by Eld. 
Joel Shtvely and the writer, from Num. 23: 

HIBEL.— Near Wakarusa, Ind., Dec. 10, 
SS9, Maria, wife of friend Conrad Hibel, 
igtd 47 years and 9 days. 

Services by . Spltler, of the U. B. 

irch, and the writer from Job 7:17. 
PUTERBAUGH.— In the Elkhart Valley 
church, Ind , Sept. 7, 1889, sister Mary Pu- 
terbaugh, aged 66 years, 7 months and 3 

Slater Mary was a very consistent mem- 
ber of the church. Her husband, Henry, and 
George, preceded her. She leaves 
s and two daughters .* Services by 
the writer and I. Kulp, from Rev. 14: 13. 
FETTERS.— In the Yellow Creek church, 
Ind., Nov. 8, :8S9. sister Nancy Fetters, 
aged 70 years, 9 mor.ihs and 7 days. Serv- 
ices bv the writer and Bro. Hiram Roose, 
from James 4: 14. 
NETERER.— In the Elkhart church, Elk- 
hart County, Ind,, March 21, 1889, of 
heart disease, Bro. Levi Neterer, aged 

65 years, a months and 20 days. Serv- 
ices by Eld. D. C. Riggle and the writer 
from Matt, 24: 42. 

MISHLER.— In Union Center church, Ind., 
June 28, 1S89, Bro. Joseph Mishler, aged 

66 years and S months. Services by Eld. 
John Anglemyer and the writer, from 
Philpp. 1: 31. John Mbtzler. 

CLEMENS —In Barron church, Wis., Nov. 
22, sister Susan Clemens, aged about 75 
years. 

Sister Clemens was an exemplary Chris- 
an. She had been a member of the Breth- 
:n church for over thirty years and was 
loved by all who knew her. 

Funeral services by the writer from 1 Thess. 

LAIRD.— In the Ccqullle church, Coos 
Co., Ore,, Nov. 13, 1889, friend Sarah E. 
Laird, aged 33 years, 5 months and 3 days. 
Funeral services by Bro. John Bonewitz, 
from Gen. 3: 19. 

WEEKLY.— In the same arm of the church, 
Nov. 23, Bro. Wm. Ells Weekly, aged 77 
years, 6 months and 6 days. Funeral dis- 
course by Bro. John Bonewitz, from Rev. 
14: 13. 

FERRY.— In the same part of the church, 
Dec. 24, 1889, Hcnrieita Ferry, infant 
daughter of Bro. Joseph and Mrs. Ferry, 
aged 1 year, 3 months and 22 days. Fu- 
neral services by Bro, David Brower from 
2 Thess. 4: 13, 14. J. S. Root. 

TRESLER.— In Astoria township, Fulton 
County, 111. , friend Tresler, aged 64 years 






nths. 



Deceased leaves a wife, an aged sister, to 
to mourn her loss. Services by Bro. Hamm, 
assisted by the writer. J. H. Baker. 

MISHLER.— In the bounds of the Spring- 
field church, Summit Co., O., Oct. 24, 1889, 
sister Susannah Mishler, aged 71 years, 2 
months and 19 clays. Jacob Mishler. 
MOLER.— Near Clyde, Kans., Sept. 2, 1889, 
Daniel E. Moler, aged 62 years, 5 months 
and 14 days. 

He was married in 1866 to Mary R. 
Burd. He moved from La Salle County, 
111., to Clyde about ten years ago. His fa- 
ther was Eld. John Moler, of Highland Coun- 
ty, Ohio. He died in i8<;8. His mother died 
in 1875, aged nearly 80 years. 

Mary R. Moler. 
FENICLE.— In the Lower Cumberland 
church, Cumberland Co, Pa., Dec. 22, 
1S89, sister Martha Fenicle, aged 63 years 
8 months and 10 days. 

J. B. Garver 



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The Gospel Messenger. 

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And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Bos 50, 
Huntingdon, Pa. 



Table of Contents. 



Encouragement to Our Evangelists. By Joseph John, . 50 
Essays — 

The Love of Jesus. By Solomon Schubert, 50 

Come and See. By A. Hutchison, 5 o 

Mistakes In Direction. By I. N. Crosswait, 50 

Live by Faith in the Son of God. By D. C. Moomaw,.si 

A Word of Explanation. By John Forney,, 51 

The Moral Man's Delusion. By T- S. Flory, 52 

A Living Sacrifice. By D. E. Cripe, 52 

Re-baptism. By H. C. Early, 52 

Editorials — 

Items, 49l S 6 

Is It True? 49 

Querist's Department, 56 

Missionary and Tract Work Department- 
Items, 58 

The Church and Church Work. By Lewis W. Teeter,. 58 

Our Children. By Mary Kin dell Dickey, 5S 

Bible School Report. By James T. Quinlan, 59 

Notes from our Correspondents, 59, 60 

Correspondence, 54, 55, 60, 61, 62 

Literary Notes 62 

Matrimonial, 62 

Fallen Asleep, 62 

, 63,64 



The Newry, Pa,, church, under the care of Eld. 
James A. Sell, commenced a meeting on tbe 18th, 
Bro. J. B. Fluke will do the preaching. 

Eld. Jacob Milleb, of Woodbury, Pa., is ill and 
confined to hia house. We hope the Lord will be 
pleased to heal him of his present infirmities, and 
leave him with us yet awhile. 



The Brethren of Eastern Maryland have under 
contemplation the building of another church 
house. This one will be located near Ridgely, or 
within several miles of that place. We are glad 
that the membership there demands another house. 



The Green Tree church, Pa., has had an interest- 
ing Beries of meetings, and, at our last hearing, 
some twelve had made the good profession. Bro. 
W. J. Swigart did the preaching. Since then he 
has been in the Coventry church, and will be in 
Germantown over Sunday. 



A dear sister, writing to us, asks the prayers of 
God's people in behalf of two of her loved ones, 
who have wandered away from the fold of Christ. 
Surely we may ask God to help the heart-broken 
sister to bear her burden, and to bring the prod- 
igals back again to the Father's home. 



Good news has reached ub from the Hill Valley, 
Aughwick congregation, meeting. The meetings 
were commenced and conducted by Bro. Spencer 
Beaver, and, up to latest information, seventeen 
were baptized. This is good news from the old 
Aughwick church, and we hope the new recruits 
to the army of Jesus may add greatly to the work- 
ing power of the church. 



IS IT TRUE? 

We sometimes h«ar and see things that strike 
us as being strange, peculiar and different from 
our way of thinking, Rud the query comes to us, 
Is it true? This feeling came to us with consid- 
erable force when we read Bro. S. J. Harrison's 
communication in No. 2, present volume. The 
following paragraph contains the thought, or, 
rather, assertion, that, in our estimation, will not 
suffer from a little investigation: " Before I had any 
experience in city church work, I wondered why 
the Brethren did not organize in cities first, same 
as other denominations. But now the question is 
solved. Oar method of church government and 
interpretation of Rom. 12: 2; 2 Oor. 0: 17; 1 Peter 
2: 9 is not acceptable to city people, not even the 
members' children." 

To take a position like this means considerable 
more than may at first be apparent, aq two very 
important conclusions must bo drawn from it. 
Either our interpretations of the Scriptures 
named, and our method of church government is 
faulty, or it is a mistake on the part of the 
church to try to organize and build up churches 
in towns and cities. 

It is not our intention to antagonize Bro. Harri- 
son's solution, but to open up a friendly investiga- 
tion as to the possibility of salvation for those 
who are so unfortunate as to live in our towns 
and cities. If our method of church work is not 
adapted to the people of the cities, and even to 
our children who are in the cities, uuder the fos- 
tering care of members who have been born and 
converted in the country, there is positively no 
hope of success in cities, and the sooner we pull 
up stakes and "come out from among them,"-- 
the doomed city people, — the better it will be for 
us and our children. Bat then, Christ did not 
come, especially, to save country people. In- 
deed, he sajs, he came to gave sinners. And for 
this reason, we suppose, he went to towns and 
cities, because there was the better place to find 
them. And as it happened, his Gospel was then 
adapted to city sinners as well as country sinners, 
— many accepted the gospel, and large churches 
were organized. Not only did Christ hiuaBelf go 
to towns and cities, but the disciples and the 
apoatle Paul did their most successful work there. 

Paul, who is the author of the Scriptures and 
Gospel truths that are thought not to b9 adapted 
to city people, did his greatest work among just 
such people. Ephesus was not only the capital 
and chief city of Asia, but it had also become the 
center of Christianity in Asia Minor. After his 
departure from the place, he left Timothy there, 
and, according to tradition, the apostle John was 
also there, where he employed himself diligently 
for the spread of the Gospel, and where he not 
only died, at a very old age, but was buried with 
Mary, the mother of the Lord. This was not on- 
ly a great city in population, wealth and magnifi- 



cence, but it was filled with wiokedness and idola- 
try. Here was the famouB Temple, and the God- 
dess Diana, in whose honor it was built,— and the 
cry every-where was, "Great is Diana of the 
Ephe&ians." In the face of such sinners the 
great apoatle preached the same Gospel that we 
have in his writings, and it was accepted by a 
large number of people, city sinners as they were. 
So in Corinth and other prominent cities of the 
time. Suoh was the adaptability of the Gospel to 
oity people in apostolic times, that we hear no 
complaint as if they were less inclined to accept 
the Gospel than the country people. If we have 
any difference, as to the desirableness of fields for 
labor, cities and towns have the preference. 

Why our church work has not been a success in 
towns and cities has, seemingly, been a problem 
to many. And as we now have it solved, and that 
solution hinges on two things, — our method of 
church work, and the interpretation of oertain 
Scriptures,— then two things should be investi- 
gated. A wroDg interpretation of Horiptural 
truths would result in wrong methods of practic- 
ally utilizing those truths to the ends intended, 
and, therefore, they could not be accepted to that 
end. 

Let us, for a short time, look at these Script- 
ures. The first is Eom. 12: 2, and reads: "And 
be not conformed to this world: but be ye trans- 
formed by the renewing of your mind, that ye 
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and 
perfect will of God." This seems to be a very 
simple declaration of Scriptural truth, as taught 
throughout the Gospel. 

1. We are not to be conformed to the world. 
It does not say country habits and customs, or 
city habits and customs, but the " world " in the 
more general sense. Therefore it means out- 
broken and apparent sin wherever found. 

2. From these we are to be "transformed." 
The Bible or theological definition of transform 
is, To change the disposition and temper from 
a state of enmity to God and his law into a dis- 
position and temper conformed to the will of God. 

3. We are tpld how this transforming is to bo 
done, — "by the renewing of your mind," — by a 
change of the mind from a state of enmity to God 
and his law, to a Btate of love and obedience to 
God and his law. This seems to be the simple 
and evident interpretation of this Scripture; and 
we can not see why a city sinner can not accept 
this transformation as readily as a country sin- 
ner, especially as it was written by Paul, " To all 
that be in Rome, beloved of God,"— the famous 
capital of the Western world, and a city then con- 
taining over three hundred thousand souls. 

The second Scripture named is 2 Cor. 6: 17: 
" Wherefore come out from among them, and be 
ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the un- 
clean thing; and I will receive yon." If the 
" them " means city sinners, and because there is 

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28, 1890. 



-4ESSAYS* 



ENCOURAGEMENT TO OUR EVANGELIS1S. 

Unheeding winter's cruel blast, 

You venture henven's 6eed to cast. 

Both late and early plant the Truth 

In aged hearts and lender youth. 

Shall yon he found with only leaves 

When Jesus comes to gather sheaves 

Nay, sowing dally o'er the land, 

You will gladly come with sheaves In hand. 

O, were this lite the utr 

The closing destiny of r 

No loll could half so blessed prove 

As sowing seed of peace and love. 

Then sow the seed In every held 

And grace will bring the golden yield, 

You Boon shall slog the joy fill song 

And 6hout the blessed harvest home. 

—yoiofh John, 






THE LOVE OF JESUS. 

BY BOLOMON SOHUBEBT. 

S'rnoNa as death is the lovo of Jesus. It is 
like coalu of fire, — a most vehement flime, — so 
that " many waters can not quoach Jove, neither 
can the floods drown it." In these words are de- 
scribed the Irue and uuehakeu lore of Jesns, in 
contrast with our faithlessness. Oar love to the 
brethren, if measured by the Divine Standard, is 
indeed Bcarcaly woith mentioning, — it is but a 
glimmering spark, to quench whioh, many waters 
are not needed. Some little coolness, some of- 
fenBe, some slight iuounstaucy on the part of those 
we love will quench the tire of our love. -Such 
waters it can not bear. 

How is it with our love to the Lord? Let but 
the Lord cease for a moment to lay on fresh fuel, 
—let him but delay sending to us times of re- 
freshing, and giving us sensible and palpable 
mamfe-itations of his grace, — and our love is soon 
but a flickering flame. Our hearts begin to be 
cold to him, the chords of our buuI'b harp are 
Bilent. 

Our love is soon tired out, — soon burns dimly. 
We are vacillating and faithless, bat Jesus 
"abideth faithful." His love to his own is an un- 
ohauging, an unshaken love. No water is bo 
strong, no flood bo niignty as to extinguinh this 
flame of love. Not even the flood of his people's 
Bins can quenoh his love. What a flood of Bins 
and tranegressionB rolled out from D<ivid upon 
the love of his surety 1 But lol the fire of their 
love burned even through the flood, and blazed up 
uuextinguishable, in btight triumph, above the 
waters. 

What a wide breaking in of waters npon the 
love of Jesus was the fatthlessaess of Peter. Auy 
other would have said: " Our friendship is at an 
end— I can have no more to do with thee." 

The love of Jobus mightily and victoriously 
bears up under all the floods of faithlessness, all 
the coldness, all the transgressions of his people. 
We read today of that glance of sorrowing love 
that he oast npon Peter after the denial in the 
judgment hall. The groat, the superhuman, the 
divine that was in that glanoe, who can compre- 
hend? ChriBt's love is an everlasting love. " The 
mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; 
but my kindness shall not depart from thee, nei- 
ther shall the covenant of my peace be removed, 
Baith the Lord that hath meroy on thee." Isa. 
54: 10. " No man shall pluck my sheep out of my 
hand. My Father which gave them to me is 
greater than all; and none is able to pluck them 
out of my Father's hand." John 10: 28, 29. 



Should we not give God thanks and praisp, that 
our hope and our salvation is founded upon such 
a rock as the love of Jesus? Onr hope reBts not 
upon our love to 1dm; for then, when our love 
fails and grows cold and faint, we could have- 
no hope, nor does our hope rest upon our faith; 
for then, when our faith ia olouded, we could have 
no hope. Mnch less does it rest upon experience 
and pious frames; for then, when we feel our 
hearts cold and " dried up like a potsherd," we 
could have no hope. No, our hope rests upon the 
love of Jesus to us, and therefore is " the anchor 
of our souls, sure and steadfast." Our hope rests 
upon that love whioh is "strong as death, and a 
vehement flame that many waters can not quenoh." 
It reBts upon the love which loves the sinner in 
all his wanderings and follows bini through his 
devious paths, whioh bears with all his infirmi- 
ties, end stands firm where he would give way. 

Christ's love to us ib our trust, — the foundation 
ground of our peace. It ia the Bupport by which 
we raise ourselves when we fall, and the firm Btuff 
upon which we lean in our pilgrimage through 
thiB vale of tears. It is the source of our joy and 
the well-Bpring of our confidence. It is our bbdc- 
tification and our life. And what we have be- 
sides, in the love of Jesns, who can tell? 

Take thou, then, tby harp, Ihou redeemed of the 
Lord, and say, with the sne-t Psalmist of Israel: 
" How excellent is thy loving-kindness, O God! 
Therefore the children of men put their truet 
under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be 
abundantly satisfied with the fatness of tby house; 
and thou shah make them drink of the rivers of 
thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of 
life: in thy light shall wo see light." 
Alvada, 0. 



i in you is stronger than he 



COME AND SEE. 



BY A. HUTCHISON. 



"And Nathanael said unto him, Can any good thing come 
out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see."— 
John 1 : 46. 

This language was used when the Messiah was 
introducing a new system of religion into the 
world, and the nev Bjstem seemed to carry with 
it Borne features of doctrine which were so con- 
tradictory to what the people had accepted, that 
they were disposed to look at it with some suspi- 
cion. Hence they had a desire to Bee a sign from 
heaven. They also said to Paul, " May we know 
what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? 
For thou bring-st certain Btrange things to our 
ears: we would know therefore what these things 
mean." Aots 17: 19, 20. They mean that a new 
and perfect system of service is being introduced, 
by which the comers thereunto might be healed 
of their spiritual ailments 

The trouble was, they were not willing to ac- 
cept the new eyBtem, unless they could seo a clear 
demonstration of the thing made manifest before 
their eyes, but when the whole matter is laid open 
before their mind's eye, they are ready to say, It 
is too simple. We should remember that Paul 
says, " Bat I fear, lest by any means, as the ser- 
pent beguiled Eve through his Bubtilty, bo your 
minds should be corrupted from the simplicity 
that is in Christ." 2 Cor. 11: 3. 

All of these cases show how much man is dis- 
posed to hesitate to accept the plan of salvation, 
because of its simplicity. I think if people could 
only be induced to "come and see" in the true 
Gospel sense, our congregations would soon be 
transformed into towers of great strength, against 
whioh the enemy might exert all his powers in 
vain, because, to eome and see in that sense. 



claim that " he that 
that is in the world.' 

Man is here in a state of probation, and hie con- 
dition is Bimilar to that of the warrior on the bat- 
tle field. The enemy is trying to get him to dis- 
trust God's Word; and while that is true of the 
efforts of the evil one, it is also true that the Holy 
Spirit is trying to get you to "come and see." 
Yes, " come and see the Lamb of God that taketh 
away the sin of the world." While " the spirit 
warreth against the fle B b, and the flesh lusteth 
against the spirit," nothing but a dear insight in- 
to the great problem of Balvation by Christ will 
enable the individual to make the wise choice. * 
The great trouble is that those, who call the 
sinner to come and see, are too far away them- 
selves. When they get one persuaded to luok, 
the sinner, of course, looks from the heights where 
those wonld-be leaders are, and the view is so in- 
distinct and far away that the beholder iB not 
ravished with the glories of the scene. He soon 
turns his eyes earthward, and says the latter is" 
the grander of the two. The sequel is easy to 
divine. 

When we call upon others to come and see, we 
ought to make them feel that we are in real earn- 
est We have too much lifeless singing in the 
services of the Lord's house. We also have too 
many cold, formal, heartless prayere. We have 
too many sermons which are cold and formal. 

When we undertake to call einners to look at 
the Lamb of God, our whole demeanor must im- 
press them with the idea that we are working for 
their real good, and we are anxious for them. 
Judging from observation, people would often be 
excusable if they were to say, " The service of God 
muBt be a herculeau task, and very irksome at 
that." 

Put the case as we may, people will take into 
consideration the appearance of things, and if we 
appear to be acting in good faith, and with a zeal 
worthy of such a cause, the beholder will be im- 
pressed with the matter, so that it will be muoh 
easier to get him to " come and see." Are we not 
to-day sensible of the fact that Borne souls, for 
whom Jeans died, are hanging upon us because cf 
an influence which we are wielding over them? 
Then the next and great question is, " Are they 
coming nearer to JeBus because of our influence, 
or are they going farther away? " 

This question ought to engage our most serious 
attention. We can not afford to lead a soul away 
from God and heaven. No one would think of 
doing such a thing intentionally. Yet our life 
may be wielding such an influence over others as 
to cause them to take a course, the end of which 
must be " banishment from the presenile of the 
Lord, and from the glory of his power." Not on- 
ly that, but we are also in danger of having to 
take up our abode with them. "If the blind 
lead the blind, both Bhall fall into the ditch." 

When we undertake to induce the sinner to 
come and see, let us get near enough to Jesus to 
have a good view of him ourselves, so as to be 
able to point our friend to some of the beauties 
and glories of his excellent mnjeBty, bo that he 
may be bo fascinated with him at to say, " It is 
enough; I will be his servant too." And the 
nearer we come to Jesus, to point out the beauties 
of his character to others, the more beautieB we 
will see ourselves. 



MISTAKES IN DIRECTIONS. 



BY I. N. OBOSSWAIT. 



If all the directions that are given, as to the 
way to heiven, were strictly according to the 
to have Christ in you — the hope of glory, plain teaohing of the Gospel, mankind would mors 
And if Christ be in you, then you can truthfully | generally be living in obedience to its teaohings. 



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All who believe would be trjiug to obey, whereas 
the faith-alone salvation causes them to stop with 
conviotion, and leave undone the very first aot of 
obedience with promise of reward— that reward 
being no lees than remission of sins. 

Those who go on in following sach direction?, 
must kse their reward,— it can not be otherwise. 
It is just like being given a wrong direction in 
making inquiry about a road leading to a oertain 
place. One, who, yon think, knows it well, may 
make a great mistake and still be honestly telling 
you the best he knows. 

We find those who are in great earnest, and yet 
far from willing io accept some of the most posi- 
tive, plain requirements of Christ's teaohing. 
Mankind is prone to accept the teaching of its 
weak fellow-beings, rather than the Word of God 

Let us diligently consider oar great responsibil- 
ity, and also our wondrous aud high privilege. 
Tnen we eau see how our account balances in the 
book of Go;i'B remembrance. If we see our debii 
page overbalances our credit page, it is high time 
to realize that we are far from the attainment of 
our great privilege of being sons o£ God and joint- 
heirs with Christ Jesus. Oh, the privilege of be- 
ing a believer, truly obedient in all things 

JJwight, N, Dak. 



LIVE BY FAITH IN THE SON OF GOD. 

BY D. 0. MOOMAW. 

This is pre-eminently an age of inquiry, of in- 
vestigation, of research. People are doubting, are 
re-considering, and, as a result, old syste 
being recast in modern moulds, and new theories 
are being evolved from the restless, active brain 
and heart of the nineteenth century. Men an- 
loosing from the old moorings aud are drifting, 
many of them, without knowing whither. Infideli- 
ty, which has as many heads as the fabled Hydra, 
and as many arms as the Octopus, is stalking 
abroad and is usurping the press, the rostrum, the 
stage, the pulpit, the forum, and scatters its foul 
etenchful venom, its baleful germs every-where 
There is no sanctuary so guarded but that it enters, 
and defiles, and despoils 

With what assiduity it prosecutes its purposes, 
vindicates its doctrines, maligna the Ottribt an 
faith, undermines their hopes, aud throws its 
black, infernal shadow over their pathway I 

It denies the facts of creation and demons'rates 
(?) scientifically that the Monaio account of the 
origin of man is a fable, and that tue story of the 
fall of man is a creation of wily, cunning, avari- 
cious priests. 

They laugh contemptuously at the records of 
the miiacles, and att-mpt to cover, with robes of 
infamy, the characters of the great leaders and ex- 
emplars of the hosts of God's people in the post- 
diluvian and patriarchal periods. They defiantly 
and blasphemously allege the base born origin of 
the immaculate Mao of Nazareth, and tney thiow 
contumely on his life and doctrines. They touch 
the church with their polluted fingers, aud leave 
th^ir slime on the garments of greatest, grandest 
and best among all the good men and women of 
this aud all preceding generations. * 

It is the purposeof this article to refer especial- 
ly to one oE their most dangerous and insidious 
methods of attacking the Christian faith,— that of 
draping the men and women of God of the patri- 
archal period in the garb of their natural weak- 
nesses and infirmities, aud alleging that their 
moral lapses were the true basis for the estimation 
of their character. 

Nothing could more effectively illustrate the 
malice, the vindictiveness, the unfairness of their 
methods. A person's character is not determined 



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ever reaoh the better land. They affirm that 
Abraham-was a slave-driver and bigamist, that Lot 
and his daughters were iucestuous, that even the 
Gori of Moses,— the same God we worship,— per- 
patrated acts so cruel, and taug 
hlthy, that a savage would sooru to imitat Ihom 

All manner of epithets, of the bar-room, bawdy 
house, etc., are applied in characterization of God, 
and of his canse and his people. 

We acknowledge that, judged by the standard 
of moral.., as taught in the New Testament, they 
do not measure up to our ideal. Jud t ;i: 
by some ono or more isolated aot or aots of their 
lives, we would not commend them as models. 

We, however, do not propose in this artiolo to 
explain, or exteuuate, or palliate, or deuy any 
charge preferred against them, but we do most 
positively take issue with the aguostio in his con- 
clusions from these premises. 

It is not a fair argument against our blessed 
system of religion. It is no argument at all. To 
say that beoause Abraham had a concubine, man 
has no soul, or that there is no God would be a 
form of reasoning about as potential as that of 
the old, colored man we heard of many years 
since. It is related of him that, on a certain oo 
casion, he was traveling in the forest with several 
children, and, esssying to warn them of possible 
danger, he said: " Chillnn, you bettah watch, do 
b'ar ketch you; I'se cold now." 

To affirm that because David committed minder 
and other nameless crimes, all religion is a myth, 
aud its teachers hypocrites, and heaven and hell 
nursery stories for the amusement aud terror of 
babies, is about as silly as the old pagan idea that 
thunder was the expression of divine an , 
that the earth was a great animal, and that men 
were nothing more than parasites liviug on its 
body, as vermiu subsist on the uncombed heads 
of carelessly nursed boys. 

The great, fundamental, oentral, cardinal fact 
remains that our faith does not rest ou any human 
basis. Had it been thus, long, long since would 
the structure have b-jen dashed to u myriad frag- 
ments. On no one man, or thousands of the b»"t 
of this earth, for lint 
supported the faith of a 
Adam. Our faith does 
even though he b 



I'tsr, could have beou 

ogle son or daughter of 

,ot rest on or in Abraham, 

high honor of the 



of the faithful." Neither does it depend fo. 
its sanction or support on D ivid, though ho wan 
preeminently the man " after God's own heart." 
Rakab may have been all that the m ist offensive 
interpretation of the torm " harlot " indicates; it 
does nit touch the citadel of the church. // rests 
the great corner-stone of the wonderful super- 
structure, and that cjrner-stoae is "Faith in 
Christ" 

The historical as well as the theological Cliiist 
is absolutely invulnerable to the stiofta of iufiilel 
malice and hate. His immaculate life can not be 
assailed. The great events of bis life are as well 
confirmed as any fact in any history, whether 
sacred or secular. To affirm the truth of his 
history, and deny the fact of his theology, would 
be as unreosonable as to acknowledge the existence 
of the sun, and deny its luminous properties. 
Taking into consideration but two events of his 
life we have all the data on which to base an in- 
vincible faith. 

I. He said, "I go to prepare a place for you 
that when I come again I will take you unto my- 
self, that where I am ye may be also." 

full view of five hundred as credible, 
trustworthy witnesses as ever affirmed a proposi- 
tion, he ascended from the earth into heaven bodi- 
ly. We, in verity, live by faith in the Son of Uoil, 
Hn Abraham, or David, or Solomon, or Babab 



and immortal army of God's famous and illustri- 
ous champions 

While we acknowledge, as correct, all that is al- 
leged against them, yet underlying these natural 
infirmities, which, for some inexplicable and, to 
us, unimportant reason, God condoned, there was 
the germ of immovable faith in God from whioh 
have been evolved those principles that have made 
tills world a paradise, in comparison with the 
d ep, dark damning, turpitude that characterized 
tho social and religions systems of paganism. 
What would have been the state of the world to- 
day, think you, had wo looked to Home, or Babylon 
or to any great center of pagan influence, instead 
of Jerusalem, forrenovatingor pnrifyingagenoies? 
The moral stream that flowed from the groat heart 
of the family of Seih waB as white as milk, as 
sweet as honey, and as aromatic as the " attar of 
roes," in comparison with the turbid, filthy, 
etenohful tide that gushed from the bowels of the 
unhappy offspring of Ham and Jopheth. 

Ever keep, in full, emblazoned view the immacu- 
late life af Jesus Christ, aud fix and ground your 
faith in him, aud his Word, and the gates of hell 
(that means hellish, devilish, infidel agenoies) 
shall uot prevail against you. 

Leave that onoe, will you; look to mnn, look to 
yourself, look to the modern, vsm, false philoso- 
phies of the origin and end of things; look to the 
glittering, plausible (liko the fabled basilisk) 
theories that unbolieving men nnd women are 
evolving; look to the theological rot, and sniff the 
stench that dishonors the pulpit of uiauy so-called 
i" "lim of the Gospel; let your views of duty 
and truth be oaBt and fashioned by any one of 
these agenoies, and you are as certain to spend 
your eternity in hell, as it is a faot lhat you are 
not a horse. May the love of the God of Moses 
be our heritage, now and evermorel Amen. 

Roanoke, Va. 

A WOED OF EXPLANATION. 

BY JOHN FOKNEY. 



I notice io the Evangelical Visitor, No. 1, of 
January, lflOO, that Eld. H. Davidson, in bis edi- 
torial oa page 9. makes a note of my article in the 
issue of Nov. 12, of Messenoeh. He seems to 

think I charged Bid. Jesse Engle wrongfully by 

saying, 'The articles were evidently written with 
a view of attacking our doctrine." Eld, Davidson 
" Is it right for Eld. Forney to charge Bro. 
Engle with such a motive, without first knowing 
that he is right? " I answer at once, " It would be 
wrong to do so without evidence." If such is the 
case, I beg the pardon of Eld. Davidson. I do 
not often go at things blindly, neither did I in 
this case. I have Eld. Engle's own words for it, 
"That tho teaohing and conduot of our people 
awakened a defensive feeling among their people, 
and has thus produced the articles which you so 
uch criticiH ■." 

Eld. Davidson says, " We think we are in pos- 
session of facts that will entirely exonorate Bro. 
Engle, and we will state them. Soon after we 
commenced the publication of the Visitor, we re- 
ceived letters from different persons, from mem- 
bers of our own church, as well as memberB of 
other oharchea, requesting a statement of the 
doctrine we believe in, and the ordinances as we 
practice them. Among others was a request for 
our views on baptism and the Lord's Supper. 
After earnest solicitation, Bro. Jesse Engle was 
finally prevailed upon to write; hence those arti- 
cles written by him on the Lord's Supper and 
published in Evangelical Visitor. Now, who can 
— ne him or tbe church, for giving expression io 

faith through onr churoh paper?" 
If Eld. Euglo had only stt forth the doctrine of 



."""'■ * pt ' BOU * cn ««ct.r is not determined noHn Abraham, or David, or Solomon, or Bibab, If Eld. Engle had only «t forth th. doctrine of 
by on. or a .core of misdeed., .1,. non. would | or Paul, or Peter, or any one or all of the grand | the E.ver Brethren church, I should not hare 



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raised any objections to his article. My criticism 
was brought oat because ho did not stop short of 
using unbecoming and abusive language againBt 
the practice of our church in eating a supper be- 
tween feet-washing and the Communion, after the 
example of Christ Eld. Eogle says, " Those who 
insist upon a special supper are ' teaching for 
doctrine the commandments of men,' which is, to 
say the least, a gross corruption of the truth, if 
not absolute forgery." 

Hence Eld. Davidson need not be surprised to 
see a reply, nor question the propriety of so doing. 
I should like Eld. Engle to speak if I charged 
him wrongfully. 

Eld. Engle's letter to me clearly states: "We 
have been censured for not celebrating sacredly, 
a full meal. These charges have mainly come 
from your people. This conduct, by and by 
awakened a defensive feeling among our people, and 
has thus produced the articles which you so much 
criticise and question. I will cite you to a time, 
possibly twelve or fifteen years ago, when some of 
your brethren went to Canada, and, while there, 
tried to make inroads among our people by dis- 
tributing some of your ohurch literature among 
them. In this, I am told, there were hopes ex- 
pressed of gaining some of our members over to 
your people (not because they were not converted, 
but because they did not celebrate, a sacred fall 
meal). Later the expression was made by Borne 
of your ohurch, that they would ' knock the feet 
out from under the River Brethren church in 
Canada.' Farther efforts were made by individual 
memberB to persuade Borne of our young members 
to your views on the subject." 

I will now let Eld. Davidson weigh Eld. J. 
Engle's testimony with his own, as given in the 
Evangelical Visitor of Jan. 1, 1890. After proper 
consideration, he need not ask the question as 
given in the beginning of our article. It is not 
my motive to wrong or misrepresent any man. 

Abilene, Kans. 

THE MOBAL MAN'S DELUSION. 
BY J. 8. FLOBY. 

The old adage, "A drowning man will catch at 
straws," is applicable to the self- righteous man, 
who will " catch " at isolated passages of Script- 
ure for hope. Straws can not save a drowning 
man, neither will the good deeds, so-called, of a 
moral man, give him a pass-pott to a saint's re- 
ward, unless he becomes one of the ransomed of 
the Lord through acceptance of Christ upon the 
terms of the Gospel, which is the power of God 
unto salvation to the believer. 

Let us examine, briefly, some of the passages of 
Soripture that Beem to give hope to persons out 
of Christ. In Matt. 10: 42 we have, " Whosoever 
shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a 
cup of cold water only in the name of a disoiple, 
verily I Bay unto you, He shall in no wise lose his 
reward." 

"In the name of a disciple" has a world of 
meaning in it Not in the name of humanity, or 
in the name of our personal sympathy, or courtesy 
or natural feelings of charity, but in the name of 
our feelings of love for Jesus and one of his fol- 
lowers. How can any one give a cup of cold 
water to a disoiple, in the name of a disoiple, in 
the sense alluded to, unless he has a godly rever- 
ence for the Master as well as the servant. The 
very fact that, in heart, the giver ignores the de- 
mands of Christ respecting his service to him, 
destroys the possibility of giving the water in a 
way that will insure a reward other than the re- 
ward of an approving conscience, that tells him he 
has done his daty to a fellow- ore ature. No 
promise of salvation for the soul is in it. Romans 



2: 6, "Who (God) will render to every man ac- 
cording to his deeds;" also see 2 Cor. 5: 10; Rev. 
20: 12, and Rev. 22:12. 

Paul makes it plain what is meant by the ex- 
pression, "According to his deeds," or "their 
works," — that is to say, those who by "patient 
continuance in well-doing seek for glory, and 
honor, and immortality, eternal life." Yes, eternal 
life will be the reward for their deeds, enacted 
through faith iu Christ, that prompted them to 
seek for glory, honor, etc. "But unto them that 
are contentious and do not obey the Truth, but 
obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 
tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man 
that doeth evil." Yes, wrath and the vengeance 
of God, as the reward for their disobedience, shall 
come upon them. There is no hope here for the 
good moralist wb.6 obeys not the demands of the 
Gospel, even when he knoweth to do good and 
doeth it not; he is one that " obeyeth not the 
truth," hence his reward will be indignation and 
wrath. 

Never was there a greater delusion possessed by 
the human mind, than the idea that God will put 
man's good deeds on record to offaet a lorjg cata- 
logue of evil doings in way of disobedience to his 
requirements. The past history ot God's dealings 
with man shows that a bin, unrepented of, would 
condemn. Even in our own laws, no matter how 
good a citizen one may be, he has to suffer the 
penalty of transgression. 

To illustrate,— Supposiogone of our most philan- 
thropic citizens, after years of good works for the 
world, would deliberately commit murder. Upon 
evidence he would be found guilty, and the 
condemnation of the law would be meted out to 
him. AH his good works, in no wise, could miti- 
gate in a way to make him any the less guilty. 
The pardoning p-iwer might Btep in and save the 
culprit. So with the person who deliberately com- 
mits siu by disobedience to God. He is a guilty 
culprit in the sight of God, no matter how many 
good deeds he may have done, and the only hope 
for redemption from condemnation is the pardon- 
ing mercy of God, and that must be attained to 
here, for in the grave (or beyond) "no acts of 
pardon are passed." 

We well know thha doctrine is repulsive to the 
minds of the self-righteous, and they turn from 
the ministers who preach it, but they should re- 
ember one thing, — it is the doctrine of the 
Bible, the doetriae of oar God and our Savior. 

In Matt. 25: 33 the Savior says that at the great 
judgment day, when that great separation shall 
take place, — " he shall set the sheep on his right 
hand, but the goats on the left." Who are the 
sheep? The Savior says those who hear his voice 
(words), and they follow him. Yes, hi* followers, 
those who have heard the commands of Jesus and 
accepted them, — those who have received pardon- 
ing grace, — have been born again. In the follow- 
ing verses of said quotation, we see who of those 
that give the " cup of water " are going to get the 
reward. " I was thirsty and ye gave me drink." 
You that are my disciples, having done this, and 
not left undone the weightier matters, euter in. 

Goats on the left hand, — whe are the goats? 
Those who are not Bheep, most assuredly. Do 
they get a good reward? They are welcome to all 
they get in way of personal merit, no doabt, but 
the Lord says it will be said, " Depart from me, 
ye carsed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the 
devil and his angels." 

How any one, "doing despite to the spirit of 
grace " every day, living in open rebellion to God, 
by standing outside the church, can yet expect, by 
some means, to slip in through a side door, that 
is " climb up some other way," into heaven at last, 
is one of the things we can not understand. 
Wonderful are the deceptive means used nowa- 



days to deceive the children of men. Scriptures 
are being continually wrested to the destruction 
of thousands, Let us all watch and pray, that we 
enter not into temptation. 
Tuhunga, Cal. 



A LIVING SACRIFICE, 



BY D. E. CBIPE. 



" I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, 
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable 
unto God, which is your reasonable service." — Rom. 12: i. 

Paul addresses this lauguage to his Brethren 
at Rome, — those who had already enlisted in God's 
service. By the mercies of God, which he men- 
tions in the preceding chapter, he beseeches them 
to serve God in " Spirit and in Truth." When 
they consider his great mercy to them, they must 
remember that he requires no more than their 
reasonable service. It is not more than just 
that they serve him with their whole heart. 

Paul knew that if they would serve God accept- 
ably, they must bring the body, aB well as the 
spirit, in subjection to his will, therefore he be- 
seeches them (and all of us, who are followers of 
Christ, as well) that they "present their bodies a 
living sacrifice unto God." When we present any 
thing unto another, and he accepts it, then it is 
his, and no longer ours. We can never present it 
to any one the second time. If we present our 
bodies unto God, it is not for the hour of worship 
only; it is not only for a day, but it is for all time 
to come. After once presenting them, our bodies 
must ever be in subjection to his will, to serve and 
obay him continually. 

We are to present them as a " sacrifice,"— a 
sacrifice on the altar of God's service, to remain 
there. A victim for a sacrifice in olden times was 
to be without " spot or blemish;" it must be pre- 
pared. Whatever is unnecessary must be removed 
and cleansed. So our bodies must be cleansed 
and made holy, or else they will not be " accepta- 
ble." 

It muBt be a " living " sacrifice, — not a dead 
one; therefore it must work, or it is no better than 
if it were dead. Since it is presented to the 
Lord and is his, it has no longer a will of its own, 
bat must work as the Lord command?. As it is 
the Lord's all the time, it has no time left for play 
or for vain amusement. 

Since it is living, it must have nourishment to 
sustain that life; it must eat and drink, but if it is 
pare and would remain pure, it must only partake 
of such things as are necessary to sustain life and 
health. Whatever is taken from a habit, or from 
a perverted taste, to satisfy the carnal appetite, 
proves that it is not fully sacrificed unto God, 
and renders it impure. As it is a living, feeling 
body, it must be clothed, but in humility, " with 
modest apparel." The ever-changing gew-gaws 
of fashion do not correspond with consecration 
upon the altar. It is strange that those, who 
claim to be devoted to God's service, should de- 
sire such unholy adornmentl Where the desire 
of dress rises above the desire to serve God, it is 
strong evidence that the body has not yet been 
f ally presented as a " living sacrifice, holy and ac- 
ceptable unto God." fashionable attire would 
hardly have become young Isaac when he was 
bound and laid on the altar on Mount Horeb, 
beneath the uplifted knife, nor the Savior, when 
he was hanging upon the cross for the sins of the 
world. 

When we fully comply with this command, and 
then only, will our bodies be fit temples " for the 
indwelling of the Holy Spirit." We are told, "If 
ye have not the spirit of Christ, ye are none of 
his." 

Akron, Jnd. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



53 



RE-BAPTISM. 



BT H. C. EARLY. 



[Explanation.— The aerniou, of whioh the fol- 
lowing is a brief outline, was preached in He. 
Grove Union church, Rockingham Co., Va., in the 
early part of the summer, in answer to a number 
of calls repeated for five yeare. Jno. G. Snyder, 
the Progressive preacher, in charge of said church, 
■was present to hear the reasons, as given below, 
and attempted a reply. Since then he prepared 
a letter for their paper, the Evangelist, which ap- 
peared in the issue of Nov. 20, 1889. In this he 
greatly misrepresents my statements, and makes 
me eay things not only ridiculous in themselves, 
but entirely foreign to the question. This letter 
does me gross injustice, and makes the publica- 
tion of the following synopsis necessary, which is, 
in substance, all that was siid in defease o£ the 
position herein maintained. Sinoe Mr. Snyder's 
letter appeared in print, brethren have written 
and spoken to me to know whether he reported 
correctly. I answered, No. Now the following out- 
line is submitted as a correction of said report 
and vindication of our practice j 

The New Testament, in Acts 19: 1-6, gives but 
one case of rebaptism. These disciples were re- 
baptized because of two thioga: 

1. They had not been properly instructed, pre- 
paratory to their baptism. 

1. Their baptism was not administered with 
the proper formula. 

The fact that after they had been baptized they 
did not know " whether there be any Holy Ghost," 
proves both propositions. Verse 2. The Holy 
Ghost is an important article both in experience 
and theory, in the knowledge that fits for baptism 
and the last name in the baptismal formula into 
which we are baptized. This baptism was ad- 
ministered after Christ's ministers were command- 
ed to baptize into the name of the Holy Ghost. 

This case is an apostolic precedent for re-bap- 
tism when the first is lacking in essentials. Thi 
New Testament; makes three things essential ti 
Christian baptism: (1) Proper administrator; 
(2) proper subjects; (3) proper baptism. 

DEFINITIONS. 

1. A proper administrator ia a duly authorized 
minister o£ the Gospel. Matt. 28:19; Rom. 10:15 
Heb. 5:4. 

2. A proper subject is a penitent believer in 
Christ. Matt. 2S: 19; Mark 16:16; Luke 24: 47; 
Acta 8:37. 

3. A proper baptism is an immersion in water 
into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and 
of the Holy Ghost. Matt. 28: 19; Rom. 6: 4. 

Now let it be borne in mind that Apollos, the 
very probable baptizer of the twelve at Ephesos 
in the first place, and Paul their baptizer in the 
second place, were ministers of the same church, 
— they were not members of different orgat 
tionB, for then a multiplicity of religious bodies, 
with common claim, existed not. This fact en- 
ables us to see the real force of tho precedent. 

With this apostolic precedent we re-baptize 
members of the Progressive body, baptized by 
their ministers since their organization, if such 
deeiie to take membership with us, for the follow- 
ing reasons: 

1. Their first baptism was not by one Spirit 
into one body with us. They were baptized by a 
different spirit into a different body. Paul, speak- 
ing of tbe "many memberp," but the "one body," 
declares that " by owe Spirit are we baptized into 
one body " — the one body of preceding verse. 1 
Cor. 12: 13. This is laid down as a matter of law, 
as much eo us baptism itself. Any variation from 
this ia a violation of the law of the Spirit in bap- 
tism. 



God's people are admitted into Christian fellow- 
ship and servioe, aud made one in principle, joy 
and hope by being baptized by the one spirit into 
the one body. To be baptized into this blessed 
state is the only means of getting into it. There 
are no other means under heaven. Bat remem- 
ber, the one Spirit by which baptism is performed 
and without which it is nothing, is as essential as 
the service itself. How, then, can members of the 
Progressive body expect to get into this blessed 
state with us without being baptized into it "by 
the one Spirit into the one body?" An attempt 
on their part to assume this relation, or on our 
part to give it without the appointed service, by 
the appointed one Spirit, is a positive violation of 
heaven's great law. This is a plain and strong 
reason and is sufficient of itself to settle this 
whole question. The fact that there are different 
bodies, settles the question of the one spirit. If 
there be but one spirit, why are there ttvo bodies? 
Do not two bodies prove two spirits? 

2. To accept their baptism is to endorse the 
work of expelled and unauthorized administrators, 
— to us " heathen men and publioans." Matt. 18: 
17. 

This proposition scarcely needs any elaboration 
that its force may be felt. If these men were not 
entitled to membership, — and the voioe of the 
Brotherhood was heard on that point in no un- 
certain sound,— are they proper persons to "dis- 
ciple" members for tho body that dissolved the 
bond of fellowship? To say they are is to say 
that their expulsion was a farce. Can a bad tree 
produce good fruit? Can a fountain be bitter 
and the water sweet? As to the tree and fount- 
ain the church is well understood. 

If any question the authority to disown disor- 
derly members, let them read aud study the fol- 
lowing passages: Matt. 16:19; 18:17,18; Rom. 
16: 17, 18; 1 Cor. 5: 9-11; 2 Thess. 3: 6; 1 Tim. 6: 5. 

Nothing can be more clearly settled, and what- 
ever is bound on earth is bound in heaven, and 
whatever is loosed on earth is loosed in heaven. 
Were the founders and prime movers in this fac- 
tion ever bound on earth ? Were they ever loosed ? 

3. To accept their baptism disarranges the 
law of the examioaliou of applicants preparatory 
to baptism, which admits into membership. Ex- 
amining the faith of applicants preparatory to 
baptism and baptizing into membership on pro- 
fession of faith is apostolic. Matt. 3:5-8; Acts 
8:37. The facts of this method can not be ob- 
served in this case without re-baptizing. This 
method is at the very foundation of sound judg- 
ment and good government. No society or gov- 
ernment can live without its adoption. To dis- 
regard it, opens the way for confusion and Btrife 
whose end is death. It is a safeguard. 

4. Their own members, desiring to change 
membership, declare their baptism insufficient. 
Baptism puts men into Christ, the only means ap- 
pointed to that end. If their baptism fails to put 
them into Christ, surely there is something wrong 
about it, A desire to change membership says 
they are not in Christ, and, of course, need a bap- 
tism that will put them into Christ Gal. 3:27; 
Rom. 6:3. Is not that trae? If they be in 
Christ, there is no occasion to change member- 
ship, for to be in Christ is tbe aim of our highest 
det-ires. If their own members think their bap- 
tism not sufficient, certainly they ought not to 
think Btran^e of us for thinking the same. 

Note. — Tore-baptize those, baptized into this 
church, in good faith, looks like charging the sin 
of the administrator to the subject. That is true, 
but doea that answer the reasons already given? 
How was it in tho case of the twelve re-baptized 
at Ephesus? Did Paul charge them with the sin 
of the administrator? It was their misfortune, 
and so is it the misfortune of these. Can one 



bear tho misfortune of another? Or is there a 
law with which we are all familiar that gives to 
each the burden of his own misfortunes? Out of 
sympathy we might feel to assume the responsi- 
bility of the law, but jadgment and truth poai- 
tivoly forbid, saying, The law must have its 
oourse, and we dare not allow sympathy or any- 
thing else to put us in the way of the law in its 
application. An angel from heaven dare not in- 
terdiot. Law is supreme above all aud to it we 
reverently bow. 



THIS SIDE THE RIVER. 

God, as Creator and Kuler of all things, moves 
in mystery. He maketh darkness hiB secret 
place: clouds and darkness are about him, and he 
directs us to be still and know that he is God. 
We must wait until we stand before him, redeem- 
ed, sanotified, immortal, for the full solution of 
what is often bo mysterious here; for a lifting oE 
the darkness, which so often hides him from our 
feeble vision. And yet, this side the river there 
come to us times when we think we see and un- 
derstand dealings that were once dark and myste- 
rious. A patient and prayerful waiting may make 
all things plain.— Set. 



Heaven grants us friends to whom we can go 
when hardened with sorrow, and even when 
crushed with cousoiaua guilt, whose ministration, 
sympathy, and solace are seooud only to the divine. 
But suoh friends are not very numerous We can 
not afford to unburden ourBelves to every one, or 
to look for the gentlo pity and comprehending 
love that is to be fouud only in the saored few. 
Perhaps God has kept you poor, and made you 
work, and withheld from you many blessings. Bat 
if you count among your few possessions one dear, 
true, faithful, sympathizing aud perfect friend, 
you are rich, and need to thank your Heavenly 
Father every day and night of your life for the 
precious gift, transcending gold. — Sel. 

"I AM the resurreotion and the life." This is 
the message which begets within human hearts 
tho hopes they yearn for. Through the night of 
change and death come these words of life, and 
they ring out, above time's surging wave beats, 
sweeter thau an angel's song. OhI blessed, heart- 
assuring enchanting wordsl How they bring 
balm and benediction to troubled hearts, and fill 
this earthly life with hope and peace! " I am the 
resurrection and the life; he that belioveth in me 
though he were dead yet shall he live. And whoso- 
ever liveth and believethin me shall never die." — 
Sel 



Awake now, O thou faithful and devout soul, 
and go after thy Eedeemerl Follow his footsteps; 
gather up diligently the drops of his blood, and 
sprinkle them with a true faith in thine heartl 
Take up the bundle of myrrh, and lay it at thy 
breast, thou noble bride a ad spouse of OaristI 
His passion that he suffered for thee, write in thy 
mindl Learn to die to all sin, from thyself and 
from the world, that thou mayest b i oraoified un- 
to the world, and the world be crucified unto 
thee.— Sel 

If we walk through the world, looking neither 
to the right hand nor the left, we shall miss many 
a wayside fi jwer that might have beguiled, with 
its mute love langaage, leagues of heart weari- 
ness. But if we wander our appointed path, with 
our singing robes about us, with a smile for one, 
a warm grasp for another, and a spare coin slip- 
ped quietly into the outstretched hand of poverty, 
we shall find the world much nearer heaven than 
some increduloaB persons imagine it to be. — Set 



51: 



THE GOSPEL MESSFNGFF. 



Jam. 28. 1890. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



Home Again. 

After an absence oE five weeks with Brethren 
in Ohio, I came home and found all .in 
health. My visit with the brethren of Logan 
County, Ohio, was pleasant. The Brethren b 
only one congregation in ihat County com pi >■ I 
of about one hundred or more members, and be- 
long to the North- western District of Ohio. 
Bro. Jacob Fiastz is their elder, assisted i> 
reu Abedncgo Miller, Win. Bean and otherc. 
They have under contemplation the building of a 
new meeting-house. The Brethren every-where 
should be more zealous in this work. The church 
has wealth enough to build many more houses for 
worship, if she would only do f£>. The Lord has 
placed us here ob stewards. To our hands are en- 
trusted this world's gcods, and wo should act 
wisely. 

As regards the late meeting, held in the Logar, 
church, I will leave the report to othere. A mis- 
take is made in some places by locating our hous- 
es of worship in the country, while in some town, 
near by, members are living who have no convey- 
ance, and, therefore, can not attend meeting. 
Then, too, in almost every town we have people 
living who are opposed to the fashionable 
churches, but would attend the Brethren's meet- 
ings and, perhaps, unite with the church. 

Another advantage is gained by building iu 
towns near railroads. Traveling ministers could 
stop off, and appointments be made for them. 
Country people are mostly farmers, and having 
conveyances, may as well drive to town to church 
as somewhere in the country. Christ and the 
apostles did the most of their preaohing in towns 
and cities. " And into whatsoever city or town ye 
Bhall enter, inquire who is worthy and there abide 
till ye go thence." 

The language of Christ plainly implies the ne- 
cessity of going into towns and cities, as well as 
into the country, to preach the Gospel. "Go ye 
into all the world," is the great command. The 
MfthodiBt brethren gave as their house at three 
different places and were anxious for ub to preach. 
How much good could be accomplished if we only 
would be more energetic, and heed the command, 
"Go ye." J. H. Millek. 

Goshen, Ind, 

Notes of Travel. 

I LAST wrote you at Trinidad, Colorado, on my 
way to California. Now I am on my return, as 
far as Kansas City. 

I was detained ten or twelve days longer in 
Colorado than I intended, on account of the heavy 
rains, wash-outs and mountain slides. I met 
Bro. M. M. Eshelrnau, Mr. G. L. McDonaugh, and 
others, on their way to California at Albuquerque, 
N. M. "We arrived at Los Angeles, Nov. 80, and 
left again Jan. G. I spent over fivo weeks in Cal- 
ifornia, and enjoyed myself very much, and hope 
that this, my first trip to the laud of flowers, may 
result in some spiritual good. 

I met most of the brethren and sisters of this 
part of the coast, and formed the acquaintance of 
many friends. I preached four eermona at Covi- 
na, and conducted the funeral exercises of brother 
and sister Trout's child. I also preached one eer- 
mon at Tuhunga,— the home of Bro. J. S Flory. 

I find, in California, as well as in all my travels, 
a great need of more Gospel preaching. It seems 



to me that in those beautiful valleys there Bhould 
be more churches of the Brethren. Let us be 
careful that while we select this goodly laud for 
temporal benefits, that we also try to plant church- 
es, and sow spiritual seed. While we may be 
much interested to know how long it will be until 
we cau reap the reward of our labors in starting 
■vineyards and orange groves, let us also look to 
matters of more importance. I believe in mission 
work, and ono of the best ways to do mission work 
is to go to a new place, and preach the Gospel, and 
then live it ont. Always practice what you preaoh, 
and the good 1 cause will spread out far and wide. 

Space will not allow me to name all whom I vis- 
ited and whose hospitalities I enjoyed. I visited 
a good part of the country, but Bpent most of the 
time between Los Angeles and San Bernardino, 
which are Bixty miles apart. There is a very nice 
valley in that scope of country. 

Lordsburg, of which we may speak some time 
in the future, seems to be a very fine place for 
orange groves. There are a number of them all 
along the line of the railroad. Bro. Samuel 
Overholser, at Oovina, also has a very fine, large 
orchard. 

I hereby thank the brethren and sisters of Cal- 
ifornia for their kindness, especially Bro. John 
Magie and family, of East Los Angeles, with whom 
we spent some time very pleasantly. 

Brethren Eshelman, Myers and Mr. G. L. Mc- 
Donaugh left here Dec. 21. I had expected to 
start a few days later but was hindered. I also ex- 
pected to attend the council at Oovina, bat, on ac- 
count of wash-outs, could not reach the place. 
We had a great deal of rain while I was in. Cali- 
fornia, nevertheless I enjoyed the climate. It is 
not common to have so inuch rain here. 

As for the agricultural advantages of California 
I have only this to say, that all had better look 
for themselves. 1 would not like to express my 
mind about the country lest some might think I 
was exaggerating. 

Any that wish to go to California may corre- 
spond wifcfc me at New Carlisle, Ohio, a3 I either 

pect to send, or take out a party iu February or 
March. Henry Frantz. 

From Buena Vista. 

This is not intended as an advertisement of our 
now town which ha3 suddenly sprung up in the 
Valley of Virginia, but to let the readers of the 
Messenger know what is going on in the South, 
and to suggest ways and means by which many of 
our people, who are seeking good homeB, may 
find them in our beautifnl valley, and also how 
new churches may be successfully planted. 

Comparatively few of the people of the North 
and West are aware of the wonderful miracles of 
progress and development which occur almost 
daily in many sections of the South. Inexhaust- 
ible stores of mineral wealth have been discovered 
all along the baseB of the various mountain ranges 
which traverse the South, and millions of dollars 
are invested every week, iu various sections, in 
manufactures of every kind. New cities Bpiiug 
up like magic, swelling their population at the 
rate of 2,000 to 5.000 souls every year. As an il- 
lustration we can mention Buena Vista, the map 
of which many of our members may remember of 
having seen at the last Annual Meeting. Ten 
mouths ago it was a farm belonging to the writer. 
Now it is a town of 1,000 souls, with over S 1,000,- 
0U0 invested in its various industrial enterprises, 
and over a million more in prospect for the near 
future. Lots and land stock have increased in 
value one hundred per cant in the last Bixty days. 

In the ordinary course of events there will be a 
population of three or four thousand in twelve 
months. The company offers valuable and tempt- 



ing inducements to manufacturers to establish 
factories and mills of any kind at Baena Vista. 

J rethr.?n who engage in that kind of business 
can find most advantageous opportunities in such 
a place as this, and by moving in they also help 
to plant a church and build up a congregation. 
The Buena Vista Company has donated a valu- 
able corner lot in the center of the town to the 
Brethren for a church. The money subscription 
has been started by two brethren who have 
pledged $500 each, making $1,000. We want $1,000 
or §1,500 more, and we want live Brethren to move 
here and go into business for the Master as well 
as for themselves. "Diligent in business, fervent 
in spirit, serving the Lord." 

Brethren who are moBt alive in business are 
generally most alive in the churoh. I have no 
sympathy with the goepel of laziness. Let a man 
be wide-awake, embrace the beBt opportunities for 
business, make money, if the Lord so wills, but 
do it all as unto the Lord, and not fail to give the 
Lord the tenth of the increase, which is his, or 
more, i£ the wealth is large and the family small. 
There is no other investment like that. 

In conclusion, do not imagine that the whole 
world is in the West. Come down and take a 
peep at the South. Brethren who are engaged in 
manufactures of any kind and who would like to 
make an advantageous change of location will do 
well to correspond with the writer. 

B. C. Moomaw. 



Notes of Travel. 



NUMBER VI. 



In my last I meant to state that one, who had 
wandered away from the fold, was restored into 
full fellowship again. Others are waiting to see 
if the church will carry out the report of the com- 
mittee. I believe that, by judicious management, 
not only those who have wandered away from the 
fold will return, but others, who have not, as yet, 
united with the church, will come to Christ, to ob- 
tain the " promise of the life that now is, and of 
that which is to come." 

"We had made an appointment for Thursday 
evening, Jan. 2, but it stormed all day and even- 
ing, hence we had no meeting. On Friday, Jan. 3, 
we expected to go about fifteen miles north to Wa- 
verly, where there are a few Brethren, and remain 
over Sunday, but we could not get there, either 
by private or public conveyance, on aceouut of the 
blockade. On the following Sunday was the regu- 
lar time for meeting by the Congregationa'ist 
minister, so, at the appointed time, we went, think- 
ing if the other minister failed to come, and op- 
portunity afforded, we would fill the appointment, 
but there were only a few there, and the house 
was not opened. 

We spent the time until Monday, Dec. 6th, in 
visiting the members and some who were not 
members. On the O. B. & N. B. R. we found two 
locomotives snowed up. One passenger train was 
entirely covered up excepting the smoke stack. 
We could get no assurance as to when we could 
get through, hence we had to abandon our visit to 
Waverly, and went back, about twenty-two miles 
{the road being open south), to Garfield where the 
U. P. B. B. croBses the above road, and made our 
way to Spokane Falls, where we had to remain 
until this morning. This is a city of about 40,000 
population, situated at the Falls. Some very sub- 
stantial buildings have been put up since the fire, 
but a great deal of the business is yet carried on 
in tents. 

We arrived at Medical Lake, Jan. 8, and found 
sisters Lahman and Stewart at home. They had 
juat arrived yesterday, having been delayed sinoe 
last week in Spokane. I am now enjoying the 
hospitality of brother and Bister Lahman in their 



Jan. 38, 18*9. 



THB GOSPEL MHSSlNGBfi 



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temporary home. What the future will develop, 
the Lord only knowB, bat the field looks rather 
discouraging. What few members there are, are 
very mu^h scattered; however, we hnp^, by ill? as- 
sistance of oar Heavenly Father, that arrangerreuts 
oan be mide to keep what we Imve within the 
fold. D. E. Price. 

Medical Lake, Wash. 

From Florida. 

I moved my family from "Way Crosp, Ga., to 
Keuka, Florida, the last day of the old year, and 
we are uow comfortably situated in our pleasant 
home by the lake. I found my grove and orehard 
in good condition, the peach trees in full bloom, 
and ou them peaches as large as hazelnuts. I 
found the members well and cheerful. I had 
been away most of the time for over two years, 
and during that time they have been keeping the 
Master's work going, both in Sunday-echoes and 
meetings. Tbey had just painted the meeting- 
house, and have raised the money for ceiling and 
otherwise improving the houBe and surrounding*. 

Next Friday we meet for the purpose of finish- 
ing planting trees in the lot. Each member is 
permitted to plant one orange tree in the lot and 
take good care of it, and when the trees come in- 
to bearing the profits go to the church. We think 
of adding more la ud to the lot and extending the 
grove for the benefit of the church. 

Oar meetings are indeed enjoyable, and I think 
they are doing good. It seems that the prospect 
for keeping up the Lord's work here is real en- 
couraging. Today we had meeting five miles out 
in the woods. The attendance was large, and the 
attention most excellent. Bro. Neher has been 
preaching at that place, and worked up a good 
interest. 

Circumstances have not permitted me to do 
much preaching for over two years. I now re- 
sume my regular work, both at this place and 
Hawthorn, and hope to work up the interest at 
other point?. There are many good openings for 
oar Biethren to preach, and I trust that we 
Bhall be able to make some of them fruitful. 

J. H. Moore. 

Jan. 12, 1890. 

From Abilene, Kansas. 

I was requested by Bro. M. M. Eshelman, to go 
to the Bdlleville church, Republic County, Kansas, 
and also to the Cuba church, about twelve miles 
east of Belleville, to attend their church councils. 
Dec. 26 was the one at Cuba, and D<-c. 28 the one 
at Belleville. Both were pleisant meetings to me, 
as I had not met the members at those places for 
ten yearB in council. I spent some time with 
them in meetings of worship, and tried to en- 
courage them in the good way of salvation. Some 
gave the church the promise to unite soon and be 
baptized, bat still pat it off for a more convenient 
time. 

From Cuba I was taken by brethren Daniel 
Smith and Wm. Lugenbeel to Ida, where we had 
two meetings. 

My next point was Jtflerson County, Nebraska, 
where brethren Smith and Lugenbeel had made 
some appointments for preaching. This is 
anew point where the Brethren never preached 
until the latter part of iast summer when Bro. 
Eli Rule, of Washington, labored among them, 
and the Lord blessed his work to the converting 
of eleven precious souls. Bro. Rule has now 
moved among them to feed the lambs. 

The members at this place unanimously agreed 
to go into an organisation as far as could be done. 
At a council-meeting, assembled at the house of 
sister Fourtner, Jan. 7, 1890, it was unanimously 
agreed to set apart two brethren for the office of 



deacon The lot fell ou brethren George Fourtner 
and Joseph Lashley. The new organization is 
named Coal Creek church. I hope the elders of 
South Beatrice church will look after the welfare 
of this little Hock. Any of those brethren may 
be addressed at Fairbnry. John Forney. 



In Menioriam. 



Bro. Louia F. LeDuo died Jan. G, 1890, aged 
sixty-eight years, two months and eight daye. 
Fnneral service* by D. B. Gibson and others from 
1 Thess. 3: 13-18. 

It often happens that genius seeks for itself 
some quiet spot where it can commuue with uature 
and take pleasure in reviewing the glories of the 
past. The subject of this memoriam was a French 
gentleman of fine education and intellect, who 
sought a spot in Central Illinois, to give tcope to 
his inclination, and where, for years, he lived a 
quiet and retired life, engaged in literary pur- 
suite, for which he seemed almirably adapted. 
He wrote a series of sketches of the "Siege and 
Occupancy o£ Rome," by the French Army in 
IHIU. These articles were published in the Che- 
noa Gazette, and created a great interest at the 
time. 

Bro. LeDac, who came from an old and promi- 
nent family, was born in Hunuingue, Alsace, 
France, Oct. 28, 1821. After leaving school he 
followed mercantile pursuits until eighteen years 
old, when he volunteered in the French Army, and 
two weeks later was promoted tithe rauk of a non- 
commissioned officer. At nineteen years he was 
appointed secretary to the Duke of Roggio. Here 
the Duke of Orleans, the oldest boq of Louis 
Philip. Crown Prince of Frauoe, took notice of 
aim, and appointed him private secretary to his 
wife, the crown prinoeas. While en route to Paris 
he met a courier with tho news that an accident 
had befallen the Prince, whose team took fright, 
and that, in Jeaping from his carriage, he had 
broken his neck. The courier insisted that Le 
Dae should return to his regiment, but Bro. Le 
Due answered, " I am summoned to the Royal 
Court, and to the Court I shall go." He accor- 
dingly rode on, and in due time presented him- 
self to the priaceBs. Thence he was referred to 
King, who receive! him cordially, but the secre- 
taryship had been abandoned, and Bro. L^Duo 
was returned to his regiment, with the promise of 
the first vacant place at Court 

While this was never realize!, the promotion of 
Bro. LeDuc in the army was so rapid that before 
twenty years of age he was First Lieutenant of 
Artillery and Secretary of the Minister of War. 
In 1848, when the war in Italy broke out, Bro. 
LeDac, who was master of the Italian language, 
was called to an important position, decorated 
with the Cross of the Legion of Honor for bravery, 
and eventually sent with the flag of truce to 
the Triumvirate of Rome. After br-ing conducted 
into the Senate Chamber, the Minister of War 
asked Bro, LeDuc, " Wnat would you do if we 
should continue the defense?" Bro. LeDac au- 
swered, "Sigaor, such a proceeding would be 
wanton bloodshed; we will take the City of Rome 
within twenty-four hours, and treat you according 
to the law of war." Nest day the French army 
entered the Holy City withoat a shot being fired. 
Upon the breaking out of the French Revolution, 
and the deposition of King Louis Philip, Bro. Le 
Dae lost two powerful frieads and protectors, but 
held Ms office in Rome five years, daring; which 
time he often came in contact with Pope Pius 
the Ninth and his famous Secretary of State, 
Antonelli. When ill, Pius received him in hie 
bedroom several times, and subsequently recom- 
mended him for promotion to the French com- 
mander. He served as Secretary and aide-de- 



camp to Marshall Bugeaad at Algiers, bat, owiug 
to the oouBt'int change of atmosphere, which had 
its effects upon his health, ho returned to Earope, 
whence, iu December, 1851, he sailed to America. 

After hia arrival, ho remained in New York 
City one year, and then, oomin^ to Illinois, he 
located upon his present farm, three and one-half 
miles north-west of Ohenoa. Since then hn has 
been ougaged in agricultural pursuit*, and hag 
done much for the improvement of his t>waship, 
and effected the emigration of many excellent 
French families to this oountry. 

Bro. LeDuo, as said above, was a finely educated 
gentleman, reading, writing aud speaking several 
languages fluently. Although wealthy, he was 
uot ostentation*, but enjoyed life in his own, 
quiet way, devoted to his books aud the society of 
his chosen friends. While a resident of Salem 
Count v, N. Y., he was united iu marriage, June 
13, 1853, to Miss Evo B. Neidig, a native of the 
Kingdom of Saxony. Nine ehildwn blessed their 
union. D. B. Gibson. 



From the Scipio Church, Mo. 

The path-way of life sometimes seems dark and 
drear, but then we have our bright dayB in which 
all is sunshine aud gladness. Such seamed to be 
our condition when brethren Horuiog and Garver 
readied us Deo 3. They commenced meetings at 
the St. James meeting-house, about six nuloB east 
of us, Deo. '1th, and continued until the 8th. 
They made many warm friends while laboring at 
that place. 

Ou the evening of Dec. 12 the above-named 
brethren assisted in holding a love-feast at my 
house, Eld. Jonas Horning officiated, assisted by 
Bro. Daniel M. Garver. The feast oalled to our 
minds the enjoyments of that heavenly country, 
where we shall know a's we are known aud where 
we shall all be of the same mind. Oh, what joy 
to our poor souls, to look forward to tho time 
when we shall meet again in the mansions of the 
blest! Susannah E. U ha hah. 

From the Jonathan Creek Church, Perry Co, Ohio. 

We began meeting at the Helser m°efcing-house 
on the night before Cbristmaa and continued un- 
til Nhw Year's night. We had good congregations 
throughout the meetings, both day aud night; all 
seemed to enjoy the meetings, and many who are 
not following Christ in his command mi- nts, were 
made to feel more serious about this matter than 
they ever did before. 

Our Snuday-scbool is doing well. AH seem to 
enjoy the work. We had children's meeting on 
New Year's Day. After services we took up a col- 
lection for missionary purposes. The following 
is a list of those who contributed: Maggie Horn, 
5 cente; Mary Horn, 5 cents; Delia Helser, 10 
cents; Mary Dupler, 10 cents; Elva KHoger, 10 
cents; Dora Shrider, 10 cents; Lory Shrider, 5 
cents; Iva K linger, 10 cents; Bertha Helser, 5 
cents; Frank Helser, 25 cents; Ramon Helser, 25 
cents; Morris Leckrone, 5 cents; Ora Leckrone, 10 
ceuts; Marion Leckrone, 10 cents; Jimmie Bow- 
man, 25 cents; Homer Bowman, 25 cents; Clinton 
Helser, 25 cents; Ezra Leckrone, 10 cents; Finly 
King, 10 cents; Barton King, 10 cents; A!ph«ua 
Dapler, 25 cents; Jonathan Creek church, S6.76; 
Total, S9.50. 

Oar meetings closed on New Year's evening. 
All went home feeling that it is good to meet in 
the worship of God. John M. Bowhan. 

" Many a man, who goes forth in good nature in 
the morning, is feverish at night from overwork. 
Bear with him." 



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Jan. 28, 1890. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 

Is the recognized organ of the German Baptist or Breth- 
ren's church, and advocates the form of doctrine taught in 
the New Testament and pleads for a return to apostolic and 
primitive Christianity. 

It recognizes the New Testament as the only Infallible rule 
of faith and practice, and maintains that Faith toward God, 
Repentance from dead works, Regeneration of the heart and 
mind, baptism by Trine Immersion for remission of sins unto 
the reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, 
are the means of adoption Into the household of God,— the 
church militant. 

It also maintains that Feet-washing, as taught in John 13, 
both by example and command of Jesus=, should be observed 
In the church. 

That the Lord's Supper, instituted by Christ and as univer- 
sally observed by the apostles and the early Christians, Is a 
full meal, and, in connection with the Communion, should 
be taken in the evening or after the close of the day. 

That the Salutation of the Holy Kiss, or Kiss of Charity, 
ie binding upon the followers of Christ. 

That War and Retaliation are contrary to the spirit and 
self-denying principles of the religion of Je*us Christ. 

That the principle of Plain Dressing and of Nonconform- 
ity to the world, as taught in the New Testament, should be 
observed by the followers of Christ. 

That the Scriptural duty of Anointing the Sick with Oil, 
In the Name of the Lord, James 5: 14,1s binding upon all 
Christians. 

It also advocates the church's duty to support Missionary 
and Tract Work, thus giving to the Lord for the spread of 
the Gospel and for the conversion of sinners. 

In short, it Is a vindicator of all that Christ and the apos- 
tles have enjoined upon us, and alms, amid the conflicting 
theories and discords of modern Christendom, to point out 
ground that all must concede to be infallibly safe. 



Mount Morris. III., 



Jan 28, 1890. 



" There ie a bleeeed rest in store for all those 
who toil while here, they having learned how to 
confide in Him who calls them to Himself. In 
many a weary day, when life becomes oppressive 
and burdensome, what a peace there is in looking 
off to the better land where fatigue is impossible, 
and where work itself is an exhilaration." 



Brio. 8. Dorch, of Cattle Root, Dakota Co., 
Minn., asks that some of the brethren in the min. 
istry visit that place and bold meetings. 



Bro. Jos. C. Lahman changes hia address from 
Medical Lake to Albany, Lion Co., Oregon. He 
will bpend some time in Oregon laboring for the 
church. 

We still have a good snpply of the Brethren's 
Almanac on hand, and all orders arc filled prompt- 
ly; 10 cents per copy; SI. 00 per dozen, postage 
prepaid. 

In the Almanac Bra J. L, Frantz'e name, of 
De Graff, Ohio, is not given correctly. Instead 
of S. L. it should be J. L. His correspondents 
will please make a note oE this. 



Brethren William and Perry McKinney 
held a two weeks' meeting in the Black Swamp 
Walnut Grove church, Wood Co., Ohio, recently, 
so writes Bro. William E. Garner. 



Bro. W. H. Miller, of Filley, Nobr., informs 
us that Bro. James Evans thinks of locating in 
their midst, and as they need laborers in the min- 
istry they feel to rejoice that our Bro. Evans 
thinks of coming to their help. 

We are glad to learn that our dear old brother, 
John Diehl, of West Branch church, 111., who met 
with a serious accident last fall, is steadily im- 
proving and hopes are enterteiued that he will 
soon be able to use his limb again. 

Bro. Martin Neher reports a visit to 03age 
church, Kans, by Bro. John Hollmger, wife and 
daughter. Bro. Hollinger labored for them in the 
ministry, giving them three very good sermons. 
Bro. Neher aavs their visit will not soon be for- 
gotten. 

Bro J. H, Moore writes us that ho has again 
moved to his home by the lake, at Keuka, Fla, 
and intends to give much of his time to preaching 
and writing. We have the promise of a number 
of articles from his pen during the current year. 
He has a pleasant home, and his orange grove, 
planted some years ago, will soon begin to yield 
him a return in golden fruit 



From Bro. S. M. Shuck, of Preston, Minn., we 
learn that there are a few members living in the 
north-eastern corner of Phillips County, Kansas. 
They have been there about ten years without 
preaohing and they desire to have a minister visit 
them. Here is some work for one of the mission 
boards of Kansas. Address Z. T. Shuck or Sylves- 
ter Workman, Republican City, Harlan Co., Nebr. 



This is the way Bro. W. H. Bowser, of North 
Hampton, Ohio, writes of their meetings. It con- 
tains "much in little." "The Donnel's Creek 
church, aEsisted by D. D. Wiue, of Pleasant Hill, 
Ohio, just closed a glorious eeries of meetings at 
New Carlisle, Ohio, with nine additions by bap- 
tism and two reclaimed that had gone with the so- 
called Old Orders. Praiee the Lord for his good- 
ness toward tisl " 



Bro. D. F. Hoover, of Sulphur Springs, Ind., 
says: "Bro. L. I. Holsinger came to us the 14th. 
Bro. I. BranBon had helped us some until to-day, 
when he expects to leave ns. There have been 
two accessions up to date. We have lately had 
three accessions by baptism and one reclaimed. 
Wo hope the good work begun will not cease un- 
til the many who are faltering and halting are 
brought to a realization of their danger in pro- 
crastinating. Our meeting now in progress is be- 
ing held at Middletown." 



QUERISTS' DEPARTMENT. 

The Sabbath.— Refusing to go in and Keeping Others 
Ont of the Kingdom. — Lay Members Teaching. — 
Paul as a Gentile.— Moses Smiting the Rock. 
The question of keeping the Jewish Sabbath 
calls out a number of queries. This question has 
been so thoroughly discussed that we do not think 
it best to devote much space to it, Those who de- 
sire to read up on the subject will want more than 
can be given in this department, To such we rec- 
ommend Canright's works. He gives, in his ten 
tracts, a careful review of the entire subject, and 
in his new book will be found a critical examina- 
tion of the Sabbath question. A correspondent 
6ays, "If you want New Testament proof for keep- 
ing the Sabbath, see Matt. 19: 17." If our corre- 
spondent will read the entire paragraph, Matt. 19: 
16-22, he will find that his New Testament proof 
for keeping the Seventh Day Sabbath vanishes 
away. A young man comes to Christ and asks 
him what he shall do to inherit eternal life. The 
Master answered, "If thou wilt enter into life, 
keep the commandments." The joung man in- 
quired as to what commandments were refeired 
to and "Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, 
Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shale not 
steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honor 
thy father and thy mother: and thou eh alt love 
thy neighbor as thyself." Notice that in this cat- 
alogue of the commandments the Sabbath is omit- 
t-d. Mark 10: 17 and Luke 18: 18 give the same 
account and no mention is made of the Sabbath 
Day. Isn't it singular that this particular com- 
mandment is left out? If the Lord intended to 
hive his followers keep the Sabbath Day, would 
ha not have included it in the list above given? 
The Jews, who were his enemies, constantly ac- 
cused him of breaking the Sabbath Day, and here 
he might have allayed their prejudice by com- 
manding his followers to keep that particular day, 
but he entirely ignores it. Our correspondent 
most look elsewhere for his proof for keeping the 
Sabbath Day. 

Will you please explain through the Messenger Matt, 23: 
13? Who were those characters who had power to keep oth- 
ers out of the kingdom and refused to go in themselves? 

D. R. Prowant. 

The discourse referred to in the query is one o£ 
the most terrible and appalling delivered by 
Christ during his mission on the earth. He spoke 
to the multitude in the temple, "Never was 
there more faithful dealing, more terrible reproof, 
more profound knowledge of the workings of hy- 
pocrisy or more skill in detecting the concealments 
of sin. This was the last of the Savior's public 
discourses, and it is a most impressive summary 
of all that he had ever said, or that he had to say 
of a wicked and hypocritical generation." The 
reproof was intended for the Pharisees and the 
ssribes whom he calls hypocrites. The Jews 
were divided into three sects in the time of Christ: 
the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the Essenes. 
Of these sects the Pharisees were by far the moBt 
numerous and wealthy, and it was from them that 
came the strongest opposition to the teachings of 
our Savior. They held with great tenacity to the 
letter of the law and had added to it innumerable 
traditions which they, in connection with the 
scribes, laid upon the people, compelling obedi- 
ence to them. They were proud, arrogant, and 
haughty, and loved to make a display of their 
self-righteousness. They wore broad phylacteries 
and enlarged the fringes of their garments, to 
make a display of their religion. They loved to 



Jan. 28, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



be celled of men, Rabbi, and sought for the chief 
rooma at the feasts and the uppermost seats iu 
the synagogue. They made loDg prayers to be 
heard of nien'and devoured the substance of wid- 
ows and orphans In short, they were a proud, 
.corrupt, hypocritical class of men. 

The scribes had their origin as copyists of the 
Law. This work was done with the pen and re- 
quired "great labor. Every copy made was care- 
fully compared with the original and the letters 
counted so that the copy should ooutain the exact 
number of letters found in the old scroll of the 
Law. They also classified every precept of the 
Law. After the introduction of the synagogue 
the demand for copies of the Law largely in- 
creased, as every synagogue demanded a copy, 
and, as a result, the number of scribes increased. 
From transcribing the Law they became familiar 
with it and some held the place of teachers, and 
later the titles of doctor and lawyer. When Christ 
spoke the words referred to in the query, the 
scribes, in connection with tho Pharisees, held su- 
preme authority iu all matters pertaining to the 
Jewish religion. They formed a spiritual hie- 
rarchy to which the people were forced to succumb. 
They were in a position where they could easily 
influence the common people. They were the 
learned doctors of the Law, and as such were 
■blindly followed by the masses who were ignor- 
ant. They did not accept Christ and they influ- 
enced the people againBt him. Refusing to go in- 
to the kingdom themselves they influenced others 
to stay out. They tanght for commandments the 
doctrines of men, and by opposing Jesus and 
teaching that he was an impostor, they hindered 
many who were ready to accept him as the Mes- 
siah. In this way thoy literally "shut up the 
kingdom of heaven Bgainst men." Luke says, 11: 
52, speaking of this same class, "for ye have tak- 
en away the key of knowledge" and have hin- 
dered them that were entering in. They had tak- 
en away the correct interpretation of the Script- 
ures concerning Christ, and of the prophecies re- 
ferring to tho Messiah and thus had done ail they 
could to prevent the people from accepting Jesus. 
The scribes and Pharisees may be found in the 
world to-day, using their influence against the 
teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Any 
one who stands outside of the church himself, re- 
fusing to accept Jesus, and by his influence induc- 
es others to stay out, is doing exactly the same 
kind of work as was accomplished by the scribes 
and Pharisees. ThoBe who teach for command- 
ments the doctrines and the traditions of men, 
those who take away from, or add to the command- 
ments of Jesus, are also engaged iu the same kind 
of work. It is a terrible thing to thus stand in 
the way of those who are ready to accept Christ. 
Who can think of it without a shudder? Oh the 
terrible doom that awaits those who not only g( 
down to destruction themselves but who take oth. 
era with them! 



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us that the answer is not full enough and may, io 
some extent, be misleading. In oar brief answer 
to the query we aimed to give the rule as to lay 
members speaking in public We might have en- 
tered more into detail but did not think it neces- 
sary at the time. The brother is on the frontier 
and must go out to till appointments alone, and 
often no deacons aro present May ho not oall to 
his assistance a lay member? If there is an ex- 
ception to the general rule, it seems to us that this 
would constitute suoh an exception. We do not 
think our brother would advooate tho idea that 
lay members Bhould preach without having tho 
authority of the ohurch to do so, but that in cases 
of necessity a lay member might be called upon 
by the minister to assist iu the work, and to this 
we feel like giving assent with this proviso: If 
there is a lack in the ministry and there are lay 
members who have ability and the apostolio qual- 
ifications, let the chnroh do her duty at once by 
oalling them to the work of the ministry. Again 
we say, God's house is a houBO of order. 



Are lay members allowed by the church to teach and ad- 
monish in public, provided they are well versed in the Script- 
ures and the spirit causes them to feel as if it were their duty 
to do so? Perry Bowser. 

If the above query refers to regular meetings for preaching 
God's Word, the answer is, No. Lay members may teach in 
the Sunday-school or speak in the social prayer-meeting, but 
in services held for preaching, only those who are set apart 
by the church for that work are permitted to teach and ad- 
monish. God's house is a house of order. 

The above query, with its answer, appeared in a 
recent number of the Messenger, A dear broth- 
or, who is actively engaged in preaching the Word, 
and who has the good of the cause at heart, writes 



Please explain Galatlans 4: 12, which reads as follows: 
"Brethren, I beseech you, be (is I am; for I am as ye are: ye 
have not Injured me at all." Lafayette Sutpiixn. 

The passage is brief and somewhat obscure, and 
has called forth a good many different interpreta- 
tions. It seems that the apostle refers to the 
sacrifices he made to win the Gentiles to Christ. 
"Be as I am," he would say to them; as I have 
laid aside Jewish customs and habits and legal 
observances, so you should also do, for in doing 
this I am become "as ye are;" I have become a 
Gentile that I might preaoh to you Gentiles. Now, 
as I have thus given up the observance of legal 
Jewish ordinances as not being neoeBsary to justi- 
fication, you should also give up the observance 
of such things and become as I am. This is but 
a small sacrifice that I ask on your part. " iTe 
have not injured me at all," Here he would say 
to them as a reason for their becoming like him, 
that " when I first preached tho Gospel to you and 
made myself as a Gentile to you and not a Jew, 
you at that time did me no wrong, 'ye did not de- 
spise my temptation in the flesh' (verse 14) nay, 
you 'received me as an angel of God.'" In verse 
16 he asks, " Am I therefore become your enemy 
because I tell yon tho truth?" The apostle did 
not look upon this as a reference to himself and 
hence felt that no injury had been done to him. 
He was concerned only for their good, leaving his 
own feelings out of the question entirely. His 
ohief concern was that the Galatians might obey 
the Truth and that his labor among them might 
not be in vain. ■ 

Dear Brother:— 

It is claimed by some that Moses was not permitted to en- 
ter the Promised Land because he smote the rock when God 
had commanded him to speak to it. If so, will you please 
harmonize Ex. 17: 6 and Num. :o: S? Is not the latter 
of the tenth verse, " Hear ye rebels," the true cause? Please 
explain through the M 



Ans. — In Ex. 17: 6, the Lord commanded Mo- 
ses to smite the rock, which he did; while in Num. 
20: 8 he was told to speak to the rock, and instead 
of doing so he smote the rock. If it is assumed 
that these two accounts refer to the same incident, 
then there is a lack of harmony, but if to differ- 
ent occurrences, then there is no lack of harmony. 
We accept the latter view and give Lange's inter- 
pretation. After referring to the attempt of sci- 
entists to show a lack of harmony at this place in 
the Scripture, the writer says: "There is a resem- 



lowpalm). 80 aleo the want of water and the 
murmurs of the people, and in consequenoe of 
this the seemingly identioal designation of the 
place: also the giviug of water out of the rook. 
Aside from the difference of time and place, the 
internal features of tho two histories are also very 
different; even the difference iu the designation 
is to bo observed, the places Massah and Meribah 
(temptation and strife), and the water Meribah 
over which the children of Israel strove with Je- 
hovah, and he was aanotified (shown to be holy) 
among thenj. In the first plaoe Jehovah is only 
tempted by the people; iu the second, he is almost 
denied; in the one, Moses is said to smite the 
rock, away from the people, in the presence of the 
elders; in the other, he and Aaron are said to 
speak with tho rook before all the people. Also 
tho summary description of the journey in Dent. 
1: 37, leaves no doubt that the seoond inoident is 
entirely different from the first. Likewise, in 
Deut. 33: 8, two different things are mentioned, 
and the temptation at Massah is distinguished 
from the Btrifo at tho water of strife (oompare 
Psalm 1)5: 8). It lies in the nature of the oase 
that the religious mind would celebrate in a com- 
prehensive way its reoolleotion of the most essen- 
tial thing iu the two events, viz , the miraouloue 
help of Jehovah." 

As to tho cause of his rejeotion by the Lord and 
his failure to lead tho children of Israel into the 
Promieod Land, the Lord gives a statement in 
Numbers 20: 12 in the following language: "Be- 
cause ye believed me not, to sauotify me in the 
eyes of the ohildren of Israel, therefore ye shall 
not bring this congregation into the land which I 
have given them." There was in the action of 
Moseo a laok in two things. 1, The proper form, 
God commanded him to speak to the rook; he 
smote it and violated tho form. 2. He also mani- 
tested a spirit of doubt, of unbelief; "Ye believed 
me not," and these things kept him from leading 
the congregation into the loud of Canaan. Notioe 
that unbelief leads to a violation of God's com- 
ands. The form to be observed iu bringing 
forth the water was not the chief thing in the 
hoi t coming of Moses, it was a lack of faith at 
that particular time, and because of a lack of faith 
came the act of disobedience. Strong faith makes 
men particular to obey God in all things. The 
man of faith never asks for the why in God's com- 
mandments. It is enough for him to know that 
there is a " thus saith the Lord " back of it, and 
obedienoe follows as effect follows oause. Let no 
one say that it makes no difference whether we 
are so particular to obey God in all things or not; 
he will take the will for the deed. Such a state- 
ment is born of unbelief. "So we see that they 
could not enter in because of unbelief. Let us 
therefore fear, lest, a promise being left ms of en- 
tering into his rest, any of you should Beem to 
come short of it." Heb. 4: 1; 3: 91. 

Bro. Wm. Httterman, of Howard's Lick, W. 
Va., asks some questions in regard to a man deed- 
ing land to whioh he has no title. The object of 
such a transaction must be fraud and even a moral 
man, not to mention a professed Christian, would 
not engage in a transaction of that kind. As to 
the legal phases of the questions we are not pre- 
pared to give an answer. Each State makes its 
own laws covering cases of the kind named, and 
we do not know what the law of West Virginia is 
concerning the illegal deediog of land. The stat- 



ice even in the sounds of the names of the des- nte book of your State will, doubtless, give yon 
erte of Sin (Hebrew a thorn), and Zin (Hebrew the desired information. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Jan. 28, 1890. 




Organization of Missionary Committee. 



Daniel Vaniman, Foreman, 

D. L. Miller, Secretary and Treasi 

G. B. Rovbr, Assistant Secretary, 



Vlrden, 111. 

Ml. Morris. 111. 
. Ml. Morris, III. 



Organization of Book and Trad Work. 



fi. W. Hoover, Foreman, 

S. Bock, Secretary ant] Treasuri 



Dayton, OhI 
Dnyton, Otii 



Qa-AII donations Intended lor Missionary Work should be 
sent to D. L,. Miller, Mt. Morris, 111. 

Ij-AII money (or Tract Work should be tent to S. Bock, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

(yMonev msy be sent by Money Order, Registered Let- 
ler, or Drain on New York or Chicago. Do not send person- 
al checks, or drafts on Interior towns, as It costs 15 cents to 
•oiled them. 

$3T Solicitors are requested to faithfully carry out the plan 
• f Annual Meeting, that all our members be solicited lo con- 
tribute Hi least twice a year for the Mission and Tract Work of 
the Church. 

fja- Notes for the Endowment Fund can be had by writing 
to the Secretary of either Work. 

FAIL to the work God sets thee about, aud tbou 
enpageist hie strength for thee; run from the work, 
BDd then thou engagest his strength against thee. 



Neveu hesitate in giving your support to a 
righteous oanse for fear of being oalled a fanatic 
The fauatioB of one age are the crowned heroes of 
the next. 

All human talent aud possessions are but ci- 
phers until you put the name of Jesus at the head 
of them. Then Ihey mate the owner a million- 
aire for heaven. 

Thi great rrghroid of human welfare lies 
along the old highway of steadfast well-doing, Bnd 
they who are the most persistent, and worli in the 
trueBt spirit, will invariably be the most suoccbs- 
fnl. Success treads on the heels of every right 
effort. 

It is self- absorption that earveB wrinkles in the 
face, and streaks the hair with gray. Kindly 
thought and labor for others dependent and be- 
loved—the ltviDg out of, Bnd not in, the petty 
round of pt-rsi nnl aod individual intertsts— keep 
heart and eneigieB fresh. 



THE CHURCH AND CHURCH WORK. 

BY LEWIS W. TEETEIt. 

As time moves on we are curried along through 
and over the great sea of life, sometimes calm, 
sometimes surfaced with small, tripping, tilting 
waveB, with sky serene,— then gradually, but sure- 
ly, growing into a commotion. Fieroe, oontrary 
winds brace themselves, and augry billows, one 
after another, come dashing againBt our good ship 
Zion, tossing her to and fro, not twice alike, until 
her crew almost despairs; yet in the midst of the 
gloom a still, small voice is heard from the Cap- 
tain above: " 6e still! be still I It is I; be not 
afraid!" Then there is a great oalm. 

"My hope must have Mis iighteousneE6, 
For it can rest on nothing less; 
Within the vail— Is still my prayer; 
O, may my anchor enter thcrol " 



Thus, while these passing scenes of endless va- 
ety come and go, they only prove our strength, 
id the firmness of our hold on the Rock of eter. 
nal ngis, giving us daily expeiiences of almost in- 
finite variety and newness, which, in their diver- 
sity, are all the more calculated to anarch out and 
try us at every possible point. This, if we endure 
bhall prove our efficiency. 

It i6 not a thing to be wondered at. if some of us 
should change our convictions, at least slightly, 
ug a go 4 deal of experience in oburch 
work, from what our first impressions were of the 
magnitude of it. 

It is, no doubt, true that we all, or, at least, a 
great many of us, when we first name into the 
church, felt that all that were out of the church 
should also come in. We were full of the feeling 
of salvation; Bnd to ub it appeared that all should 
be baptized as we were. At that time we were 
no', inclined, neither were we able to apprehend 
very much of the future of church work. 

Now we have undergone a change. We have 
oome to the conclusion that if those, who are al- 
ready in the church, are kept from the evil and 
brought up "in the nutture and admonition of 
the Lord," and " grow in grace," and in the knowl 
edge of our Lord aud 8»vior Jesus Christ unto a 
full Btature, it is a mom wholesome work for the 
ohuroh in general, than to gather into the church 
great numbri-a carelessly and cornpromisingly, as 
some have been, to our certain knowledge. Bap- 
tising such oreatee an influence that proves a two- 
fo d damage to the church. 

1. It brings confusion into the body of the 
church, producing a chilling tendency toward 
those who are outside and looking in, and whioh 
does not inspire them with much of a desire to join 
in with such a body. 

2. It has a tendency to disoourage those who 
are already in the ohurch and who wish to do 
well. 

Tn addition to the above twofold obstructions 
in the way of the church, it is not at all reason- 
able to believe that persona who thus come into 
the ohurch, and rebel againBt its rules of govern- 
ment, can get any advantage from the church 
themselves. Hence you have three detriments, 
all resulting from one careless tranBaotion, and no 
profit 

It is my candid opinion and a fact, well sub- 
stantiated by the GoBpe), that if we were more 
particular in preparing persona thoroughly be- 
fore they are admitted, and not "rush" them in 
before they have had time to attain the proper 
qualifications, there would be a greater ingather- 
ing from year to jeir than there is, for it would 
be more purely the Lord's way. 

A «ain; it is a very common siying that it takes 

_uch more preaching at the present time to 

get people to accept the Gospel thau in the past. 

Why is this? It is generally said that "there 
is so muoh more evil in the world now chau there 
was years ago." This may, in part, be true. But 
I beiieve there is a greater detriment aud it is 
thiB: While it is true that no one is really justifi- 
able in stumbling at inconsistencies, it is, howev- 
er, our business " to give no occasion to the ene- 
my to speak reproachfully." Bat we will do it, if 
we are not careful, simply by permitting memhers 
to condnot themselves improperly and allowing 
them to go on in that way, for frivolous reasonB, 
year after year. This will have the effeot of pre- 
senting the church as a promiscuous membership, 
made up of all grades. 

" Well," says one, " It looks to me just the oth- 
er way,— that, it members are allowed to do as 
they phase, — do as they did before they oame in- 
to the church,— it would be more inviting, for it 
would show that there is no saorifioe required m 
I joining the ohurch." 



I admit that this is true in part It does make 
.. more attractive to that class of which you have 
too many in the church already; and, instead of 
strengthening the church, you are strengthening 
an element that will prove a damage to the peaoe 
and prosperity of the church. The more you have 
of this class, the worse it is for you; for when 
once they are members, you are compelled to 
treat them as such. Then, when it comes to a 
when you want the voice of the church on a 
matter of vital impottance, they will decide 
against you; for the vote of the most reckless 
member in the congregation is as effectual as the 
vote of the elder. Therefore, instead of gaining 
power by taking in such persons, you are losing 
power, because it divides the body againBt itBelf, 
whioh is the devil's most successful way of gain- 
ing his point. 

Loose churoh government has a great tendency 
to keep out that olasB of persons, which would be 
a strength fo the churoh. This is why it takes 
more preaching now to gain accessions. 

Persons who want to join the churoh to gain 
the good there is in the ohuroh, expect to make a 
great sacrifice; they don't want to be members 
any other way; for they know that no other way 
is Christ-like. 

In oonolusion I would s»y, that "keeping 
house," in a ohuroh sense, is an all-important 
work, since it comprises the welfare of the church. 
Don't become excited; whatever is done under ex- 
citement, is nearly always wrong. "Let your 
moderation be known unto all men." I am in fa- 
vor of protracted meetings but let the chief object 
be to have the Wo'd preached in all its phases. 
It will bring a corresponding conviction to the 
heartB of the hearers. I am in favor of all lawf nl 
efforts to advance the oause,— Gospel efforts,— but 
without convuhione. Churoh work can be made 
„ pleasure to the entire body in a great measure 
by watouing over the flock and keeping out those 
adverse influences. 

The object of a protracted effort should not be 
wholly for the purpose of gaining accessions to 
the church, but for the general good of all the 
members,— officers and all. By no means, how- 
ever, lose sight of the outsiders. Let all the mem- 
bers of the church be taught not to measure a se- 
ries of meelings according to the accessions. It 
is a dangerous exponent, and will prove ruinous 
to the meeting. 

1. If the minister is somewhat ambitious and 
finds that the members do not think the meetings 
will ba a success unless quite a number are bap- 
tized, it will cause him to direct most of his dis- 
courses to the outsiders, while, at the same time, 
it may be that the members need the moBt of the 
preaching. 

2. If meetings are measured by the number of 
accessions and it happens that there are none bap- 
tized inside of four or five days, such members 
will begin to get slack and sleepy, aud dull of 
hearing. Let the members be taught to attend 
meetings for their own improvement and let their 
ieal burn. Let them be stirred up by way of re- 
membrance. Let the entire membership become 
a burning blazs, and I will assure you that the 
outsiders will be all the more stirred up, aud the 
best results will follow. 

Hagerstown, Ind. 



" OUR CHILDREN." 

BY MARY KINDELL DICKEY. 

A special feature of our late series of meetings 
was to have the children ocoupy the front seats, 
where the minister would notice them at every 
meeting in some way. To avoid making it monot- 



Jan. 25. 18»0. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



59 



onous, he would sometimes relate a Btory of the 
Bible aud apply the lesson to them io their lives; 
then again he would give thein an admonition and 
warn them against beginning bad habits, — such 
as taking the uamn of God in vaio, goieg into bad 
company, .drinking intoxicating liquor, using to- 
bacco, etc. Sometimes he would give them a Bi- 
ble question to look up, and yon ought to see their 
bright faces the nest meeting, when they gave the 
anfiwerl 

Brethren, if there was nothing accomplished at 
these meetings but the impressions made on these 
young minds, there is a great work accomplished 
and begun, which will not btnp with the meetings 
just closed, but will go on and on until some of 
these children will bo gathered into the fold. 
Some of them will avoid taking God's name in 
vaio; some of them will never take the first di ink 
of intoxicating liquor; some of them will resist 
the temptations of bad company; Bome of them 
will never begin the use of lobacco; some of them 
will never desire or feel the need of sowing their 
wild o-its, but will early seek salvation and sow 
the seeds of Eternal Truth. 

Brethren, the problem is solved. Tobacco can 
be rooted out of the church, but only by and 
through the rising generation. If we can keep 
our children free from the hibit, I do believe 
that, by the grace of God, the church will event- 
ually be free from it. I do believe that all the 
tobacco babituants can unite with uo in this move 
toward freeing the cbuiou from a habit they thern- 
aelves consider useless, — if not bad, — bnt how far 
their influence will reach, we can not aay, perhaps 
farther than if they worked against the movement, 
as they sometimes do, when we try to begin to 
free the present generation. 

The "Miss Drexel" case is and should be a 
warning to us all to put forth a greatev effort to 
save our children, — to gather them into the church 
before tbey have learned to love sin and the pride 
and follies of the world. We sometimes fear that 
our training has a tendency to drive aud lead them 
away from the church. For, dear brethren aud 
sisters, when you adorn your little children's bod- 
ies in the fashion of the world, you are training 
them and fitting them to love and enjoy the king- 
dom of the world. We can not begin too early to 
teaoh them that they need and should love no oth- 
er adornment bat a "meek and quiet spirit," aud 
that 'God bates a proud look." 

Let us take oar children to churoh with us, and 
as we are plainly and modestly dressed, so let 
them be. As we are known by our appearance as 
brethren and sitters, so let the little children, 
God has entrusted to us, be known, by their mod- 
est apparel and courteous deportment, as Breth- 
ren's children. Let us teach them that God gave 
them their life to fit and prepare themselves for a 
higher and better life. Let us impress upon them 
that their life is a precious gift of God, aud that 
he will require it again, — fitted and prepared for 
his use. 

Salvation is too important to let our children 
drift away from our influence. Let our families 
and our Sunday-Bchoola be God's nursery where 
we shall feed and nourish the church, — where we 
shall use all the talents God has given ns for the 
training and preparing of our children for the 
new birth, — for the ability and knowledge to work 
out their own salvation. 

Oh, we need more zeal, we need more consecra- 
tion to his service, to work end do his will. It is 
not his will that "one should perish," and if it is 
not our will either, let ub use all the means he 
has given us, to bring them up in the " way they 
should go" and when they get older tbey will not 
depart from it. Brethren, remember the children 
of your congregation! When you feed the eheep, 
don't forget to put some food, — some " milk " of 



the Word within their reach,— within the compre- 
hens'ion of the lambs. By the proper care some 
of them will grow up to become strong sheep. 
Christ may not have had in mind the litlle chil- 
dren, when he said, "Feed my lambs." but we be- 
lieve thay may properly be included, for he has 
said, "Suffer little children," and forbid them not, 
for of such is the kingdom of heaver." 
Peru, Ind. 

BIBLE SCHOOL REPORT. 

THE following is the report for the quarter 
ending Dec. 31,1889: 

BECEirrs. 

Balance on hand at last report, $11 78 

The Lord's teuth 2 50 

Ella Williams, Fnukstown, Md 100 

Elizabeth R"op, Finwood, Md 1 00 

Hannah Ha«k, New Windsor, MJ., 1 00 

Hannah Good, Belsano, Pa., 1 00 

Sarah E B>pner, Nora, III, 130 

H. A. Rittenbouso, West Chester, Pa., 2 00 

CwosiBters, Russelville, Iud, 5 00 

A. sister, New Pari*, Pa., 5 00 

O. M. StounVr, Garrison, Iowa, : . 1 00 

A brother, Coventry, Ohio 2 00 

Manor church, Md., V. Reichard, 7 40 

Antietam church, Pa , J. F. Ollf r 7 05 

Rome church, Ohio, J. B. Clapper, 10 00 

Rock Run church, J. A. Miller, 4 00 

Oakley church nnd Sonday-aohooJ, J. V. Ei- 

ber, 1 

Nebor Sunday-Echool, Camden, Ind., J, 

Snowberger, 2 50 

Melrose Sunday-school, Grundy Center, la., 

K. E. M., 9 64 

Bryan Brethren Sunday-school, Ohio, H. J. 

Deitriok, 5 00 

Total, $81 95 

EXPENDITURES, 

Rent for 1315 Light St., October, Novem- 
ber and December, $21 00 

Clothing 15 00 

Bibles, Books and Tracts, iS6 44 

Shoes, 4 DO 

Espressage and Freight, 4 10 

Advertising meetings in daily papers, 3 90 

Labor and repairs, 2 60 

Oil and wicks, 25 

Stationery and mailing 25 

Oar-fare to love-feast, 2 30 

Oar-fare, 3 SS 

Medicine, 1 00 

Total, $85 62 

James T. Quinlan. 



Notes from our Correspondents. 



— Bro. Reuben Shroyer, of Pierce, Ohio, has 
been at work in the field and writes the following: 
" In compliance with a request made by Bro. J. J. 
Hoover, I commenced a series of meetings in 
what is known as the Zion Hill school house, on 
the evening of Dec. 16. The weather, the greater 
part of the time, waB very inclement, yet the 
meetings were well attended and the interest was 
good. The few members there are very active, 
always ready to do what they C3u to make the 
meetings interesting, TWb is right, for it helps 
the minister in his work greatly. I preached sev- 
en sermons; one precioas soul was added to the 
church, and, judging by the feeling of all, the lit- 
tle band was greatly revived. May they ever be 
faithful I" 



—From the Fulling Spring church, Franklin 
Co., Pn., Bro. Wm. 0. Koontz writes: " Bro. Al- 
bert Bollinger, of Huutsdale, Cumberland Co., 
Pa, chui ■ to us on Christmas evening, and 
preached For us until Sunday evening following. 
While th-re were no immediate results, yet we be- 
lieve many and lasting imprewBione were made, 
from which we believe good results will follow." 

— Under date of Jan. 12, sister Mary K Brum- 
baugh, of the Salem church, Ohio, write*: " Bro. 
Landon West came to us Jan. 4, and has been 
holding meetings bidob. There have been no ac- 
cessions so far. but we hope, that good results may 
follow. The members have beeu built up by the 
many good lessonB received. The inclemenoy of 
the weather, and the prevailing epidemic of influ- 
enza have been working eomewbat against the 
meetings. On Jan. 11 wo had a children's meet- 
ing. Ninety-niue children were present. They 
all seemed to enjoy the meeting." 

— Interesting meetings are reported by Bro. B. 
F. Goshorn, of Coal City, Ind. He writes: " Bro. 
Wm. HarBhbargwr, of Ladoga, Ind., preached 
eleven sernirns for us, commencing Jan. 2 and 
closing the 9th. The weath.fr was very unfavora- 
ble. It rained nearly all tun time, and the waters 
b>dug uniiBnnlly high, hardly any were permitted 
to attend, except lug those living very near to the 
plaue of meetings. As an immediate result, be- 
sides the strengthening of the members, three 
yonng brethren were received by baptism. May 
the Lord help them to hold out faithful in their 
Christian warfarel" 

— Good newe reaches us from the Dry Creek 
church, Iowa. Sifter Anna F. Miller writes: 
" Oqi serieB of meetings closed with good inter- 
est. The immediate results were five accesaioca 
to the fold by baptism. Our hearts were made to 
rejoice t<) see wanderers come to the Father's 
buiiae. Some, for whom our prayers had oft as- 
cended, came out boldly on the Lord's side, and 
are now enjoying the bleHMnga of true Christiani- 
ty. O'hers are still spurning the Savior's love. 
May tbey be spared by the kind hand of God, to 
see their condition! May they draw near to 
Christ, aud find favor iu his eightl " 

— From the Ashland church, Oregon, Bister Sa- 
aan M. Rhodes wriie-.: "The little baud of breih- 
reu find Bisters, heio in the Ashland church, num- 
bers ahont thirty membnrB, iucludiug two minis- 
ters. While we do not have such large congrega- 
tions aB some of the churches in the East, yet we 
realize that we have the s*me God. We live near 
Talent, which is onr post-office, and which is sitn- 
a'ed about four miles from Ashland. The ra 1- 
rmd from Sacramento, Oal., to Portland, Oregon, 
ruts through both places. We would be glad if 
sime of the members in the East would take a 
trip westward, and stop a while with us." 

—Under date of Jan. 14, Bro. G. W. Annon, of 
Thornton, W. Va , writes: "On Saturday, Jan. 11, 
I left home for Nuzum's MiIIb, Marion Co., W. 
Va., to fill our regular appointments. We had 
services on Saturday evening; also on Sunday and 
Sunday night We had good congregations, and 
marked attention was paid to the Word preached. 
On 8unday morning, after preaohing, while the 
Biethren were singing a hymn, a man arose in 
the audience, and walked up and demanded bap- 
i at our hands. We repaired to the water- 
side, and, after the necessary instructions were 
given, he made the good confession before God 
aud many witnesses, and was adopted into the 
family of Christ. He then went on hia way re- 
joicing. The brethren and sisters at this place 
alive to the good cause, and willing to work 
for the Master." 



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THE GOSPEL ME88ENGER. 



Jan. 28, 1890. 



— Bro. W. F. England, of the Ashland church, 
Ohio, writes: Bro. John iCahler, of Stark Oonuty, 
Ohio, assisted in in lnldiug a series of meetings. 
He obmmenoed on the evening o Jao t, and con- 
tinued until Sunday eveniag, Jan 13. While 
there were no accessions, wo believe much good 
was done for both dnint nud ainner." 

—Bro. J. P. Zigler, of Broadway, Va, under 
date o! Jan. 16, writ ii"Bn laoob A. Garber, o£ 
Greenmonut, Va, oomniBnoed preaching at our 
New Dale meeting-house .)au 4, and closed on the 
evening of the 13th, preaohing, in all, fourteen 
sermons. On the 14th, before Bro. Garner left 
us, four were baptized into Joans Christ May 
they walk in newness of lif<'! " 

—Sister SHrah C. Mallory, of Hawkins County, 
Tenn, writes: "The home ministers of the Cedar 
Grove church commenced a series of meetings at 
Spire's school- house Dec 2'.!, 1889, and oontinued 
until the 3nth. with incree ing iotere t At that 
time the meetings had to ho closed, as both of our 
mioieierB became sink. Dnring our meetings, sev- 
en were added to the church bv baptism, and one 
•was leclairued. Our dear elder, S Molsbee, has 
been in very poor health, but is now able to be 
around again, for which wo feel to praise the 
Lord." 

—Under date of Jan. 15, Bro. E. Miller, of the 
Spring Creek church, Ind, writes: " Jiro. David 
Ne8, of Biann, [ud, commenced oie, tiugs Jan. 4. 
and continued aver a week. He dosed on the 13th, 
with one addition by baptism We had intended 
to continue tue meetings, bnt the roads and the 
weather were ho v^ry bad, that we thought beat to 
clow for the present. We bad good meetings. 
The members were much encouraged, and sinners 
were made to tremble. Some promised to come 
soon. May God help them to make the good 
ohoicel " 

—Bro. L. D. Caldwell, ot' Mathias, Hardy Oo, 
W. Vn., under date of Jan. 8, writes: " On Christ- 
mas Day I conducted the fum ral services of 8 son 
of Branson and Lydia See. In the evening I bap- 
tized an old lady, in her eighty-third year. She 
hal walked aboat three miles, supported by two 
oanea. Her faith seemed Btrong, and fearlessly 
she entered the biptismal wators. Bro S. Shaver 
commenced a serii-s of meetings for us Dec. 28, 
1889, at the Lost River church. Two were bap- 
tized, and, by the earnest Isbora of our brother, 
the members were much edified." 

—Under date of Jan. 14, Bro. Eli Smeltzer, of 
the Arcadia church, Ind, writes: " We have just 
closed a series of meetings, conducted by Bro. 
Camphell. We had a good attendance, consider- 
ing th" wet weather. Though we had no addi- 
tioiM,, >\e feel assured that aome were almost per- 
Buaded May they not put ir off nntil it id too 
late! Bo Lewis W. Teeter, of Hageretown Ind., 
v^h with na in the fall, and gave us much encoar- 
agemeut nn ur Christian j inrney. Maj the 
Lord help ua ats tn be ever watchful, putting on 
iho whole, armor of (t.ji|1 " 

—Under date of Jau. 14, Bro. Isaiah C. Jobn- 
sod, of Somerset, Pa., writes: " 1 have been labor- 
ing in the Ghide llun and Brush Valley mission 
field during the early part of January. The mem- 
bers here are living somewLat scatteied, and a 
great many have grown careless about attending 
church, still we had a pretty good attendance, c >n- 
sidering the unfavorable weather. At Brush Val- 
ley we baptized one .persuu and also reclaimed 
one. There might be some good done there, if 
they had a resident minister, but very little can 
be done under the present pyBtem. Some minis- 
ter, who haB no home, ought to write to them. 
They are willing to assist some minister to settle 
among them." 



■ The brethren and sisters of the Thornapple 
church, Mich ."—writes Bro. S. M. Smith,—" have 
of lata enjoyed some good meetings. Dec. 21 
brethren M. M. Sherrick and Levi Baker came to 
us and labored for us until the evening of Jan. 5. 
Although part of the time the weather was very 
inclement, yet the interest was good nntil the 
close of the meeting. Although there were no ad- 
ditions to the church, yet we believe much good 
was done. Tho<» brethren are young in years, 
and also young i j the ministry. We are glad they 
are trying to profit by 2 Tim. 2: 15." 

— " We are enjoying remarkable weather," 
writes Bro. 0. D. Hylton. " Here at 8t. Paul, Va„ 
six lniles north of the- North Carolina line, the 
peach and cherry trees are blooming. The wind 
is high, and crystal flakes of snow are flying 
through the sir this morning, though the weather 
is pleasant. The mighty God is blessing us with 
a comfortable season to work in bis vineyard. I 
trust the Brethren every-whoro will make use of 
this opportunity. Bro. S. G. Spangler and my- 
self are doing what we can at this place. La6t 
night four came out on the Lord's side. Bless the 
Lord! The work goes on! " 

— Glorious news of sinners coming to Christ is 
, us by Bro J. B. Lane, of Shirleyebnrg, Pa., 
er date of Jau. 15. He writes: " On the even- 
ing of Dee. 28, Bro. S. S. Beaver, of McAlister- 
lle, Jnniata Co., Pa , came to the Aughwick 
church, Huntingdon Co., Pa, and preached one 
k. He delivered about fifteen sermons in all. 
i result, twelvo precious sonla rusde the good 
confession. There were also two reclaimed. 
Then the home brethren kept up the meetings for 
another week, and their labor resulted in eight 
more additions. Surely the good Spirit was in 
the work. We have had a time of refreshing 
from the presence of the Lord 1 To him be the 
glory!" 



culiar or purchased people, in towns and cities, in 
the days of the apostles, is there any reason why 
they can not ba now? We think not. We be- 
lieve we speak the truth when we say that as 
large a proportion of good and well-meaning peo- 
ple dwell in cities and towns aa anywhere else. 
And we further believe that, as a rule, among 
them there is lees sectarian prejudice, and there- 
fore moro ready to accept the Truth when plainly 
presented. 

One trouble heretofore has been iu our " meth- 
ods." We have not yet fully learned to adapt our 
methods to the work to be accomplished. And 
we think, perhaps, this is the gist of our brother's 
solution, which means that he may be right on 
both points, and therefore well takeD. We be- 
lieve that an evangelist with the zeal, courage and 
power of Paul would enter our modern cities with 
less fear, and be as successful in winning souls to 
Christ as did be in going to the wicked and idola- 
trous cities of Ephesus, Corinth, Borne and Ath- 
ens. 

What wo noed is apostolic faith, zeal, courage 
and methods. A full exercise of these will solve 
the problem to the salvation o£ sinners, to the 
promotion of the cause and io the glory of God. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



IS IT T-RTJE ? 

(Concluded from First Page.) 

v. larger sprinkling of them in cities, — larger th. 
iu the. country,— good people ere to be separated 
from them by coming out of the cities, then we, 
too, have a solution for the problem, and, like 
Lot, we should at once escape for our lives. But 
where would we fl eto? The millennium kingdom 
ia not yet located on earth, and every-where else 
sinners are to be found. This, however, is not 
the correct interpretation. At least our Brethren 
do not seem to think so on market day or when 
they have business to attend to. We are to come 
out of the association and to be separate from sin 
and sinful actions wherever found, and our expe- 
rience has been that sin and its works are found 
iu the country as well as in cities. It iB true, sin- 
's, as well as saints, may be surrounded by 
greater temptations in cities than in the cuuntry, 
but if such ia true, it only makes the stronger ar- 
gument for cantering the forces of Christianity 
where tin most abounds. So did Christ, so did 
the apostles. 

The last Scripture named is 1 Peter 2:9:" But 
ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a 
holy natiou, a peculiar people; that ye should 
shew forth the praises of him who hath called you 
out of darkness into his marvellous light." Who 
were this "peeuliur people" whom Peter address- 
es? The word in the original Greek mean3 pur- 
chased, — "a purohased people," and they lived in 
the townB and cities of the countries named, 
Therefore, as churches and people oould be a 
chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and a pe- 



Notes by the Way. 

Wipe and I left home Nov. 14, 1889, and went 
by way of Baltimore, to Denton, Caroline Co., Md. 
From there we went by private conveyance to 
Bro. Imler's. Wn found them all well and glad to 
see us. On the Sunday following I preached at 
the school-house near Bro. Miller's, where the 
Brethren are building a meeting-house. The 
house is much needed, for the school-house was 
overcrowded. The people here seem to be at- 
tentive to ihe preaching of the Word. Bro. King, 
their resident minister, was there. He is doing a 
good work for the Master. 

One thing these Brethren need is a Sunday- 
school or social prayer-meeting. The young folks 
will go somewher,', and if they have the privilege 
of going to our meeting only once a month, there 
is great danger of running into some other channel 
during the three other Sundays of the month. 
Give your children a place to go to, and make it 
interesting by going there yourselves. 

We remained in Caroline County about ten 
dayB. Most of the time the weather was unfavora- 
ble and we did not get around much, but with 
what we saw of the country we were much pleaaed. 
The people were very kind to us in taking us from 
place to place, and while there, we tried to talk 
for them four times. We feel very thankful to 
the brethren and sisters for their kindness shown 
us while among them. 

Again taking the boat at Denton for Baltimore, 
we arrived there on Tuesday morning, and while 
there we met with Bro. J. T. Quinlan. He waB 
\eiy pleasant and sociable and did all he could to 
make us comfortable. Bro. Quinlan seems to be 
a live Christian man, but being poor in tire world's 
goods, has to work hard to maintain his family, 
and forward the oause of the Master. He is willing 
however, to use self-denial, and sacrifice temporal 
enjoyments for the cauee of Christ. 

We next boarded the steamer for Richmond, 
Vs., where we arrived next day and were met by 



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a friend and taken to bis bouse in Manchester. 
We spent one seek with our friends at that place, 
and then went to Pembertou by railroad, where we 
were met by Bro. Wni Mallery and wife. After 
staying with the sisters Ecter,— Florida and moth- 
er, — one month, we moved up to Bro. Mailery'e, 
where wo are at this writing. We sro kindly en- 
tertained by these Christian people. 

Oar stay at sister Etter's home was a pleasant 
one indeed, for they try to make one fo9l at homo. 
Sister Florida ia well known as a contributor to 
the Gospel Messenger. We have been visiting 
all the members, as well a? otheio, aud find them 
sociable and kind. The members are alive and 
ready to help on with the cause. We have had 
preaohing once a week in the raoeting.house, and 
sometimes at other places, with good attendance. 
The people are desirous to have meeting, and a 
minister Bhould locale among them. My prayer 
is that the Lord may send some one into the 
harvest field. May the Brethren be supplied with 
a shepherd, for a great work may be done here. 

S. S. Okay. 
Carlersvike, Va., Jan. 13. 

The Mount Morris School. 

I arrived at Mt. Morris, Jan. 7, expecting to 
'hear Bro. R. H. Miller's lectures, and to attend 
the special Bible Term. I was disappointed, bow- 
ever, in Bro. Miller not earning, but the Bible 
cla66 went on as had been arranged. These exer- 
cises I appreciated very much. 

Upon the whole, after being here two weeks 
and, most of the time, lodging and boarding right 
in the school building, and having a fair chance 
to see all its workings, I think the school will bear 
the test of thorough investigation. As a church 
school and home it is doing all it possibly can, to 
properly care for the young people entrusted to 
it. Moral and religious discipline is enforced up- 
on all by proper methods of teaching, — such as 
appeal to their understanding. The young sisters 
come to the table and the sanctuary with their 
heads properly covered, and they know why from 
an internal sense of propriety. All the students 
and instructors meet for moruiug worship in the 
chapel. I feel satisfied that onr Brethren, or oth- 
ers, who have sons or daughters to educate, can 
not do better than send them to Mount Morris. 

There is one lack here, however. Our brethren 
of the school management have long felt that their 
buildings are too Bmall for the increasing needs 
of the school. They have now concluded to en- 
large their buildiDgs. While they lack some 
means yet, it is to bo hoped that those Brethren, 
who have the success of the school work at heart, 
will not forget to lend a helping hand. The 
school is certainly accomplishing a good work, and 
of the management it may be truthfully said that 
they are the right men in the right place. The 
students are very sociable, and I have enjoyed my- 
self among them. The pleasant season spent 
here will be as a green oasis in the wilderness, 
and as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. 
I return thanks to the faculty and students oE the 
school and also to the brethren of the Messenger 
office for favors received. 8. Click. 



especially if he be righteous; for God, by one of 
his servants, says of such, " he Bhall be like a tree 
planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth Forth 
his frail in his season; his leaf also shall not with- 
er; and whatsoever he doeth hall pro i 

With this divine principle pe wanl to build 
our new home in California, aud whoever does not 
want to build that way need not make application; 
for without a trust of this kind he would simply 
be as a hornet among thoso who do build proper- 
ly- 

Now do not draw a picture that by being there 
the wealth and luxury (aud those too often cor- 
rupt the heart) will bud and bloHsom and mature 
with the seasons as do the delicious fruits and ar- 
omatic flowers; for the reward must come by hon- 
est toil, patienae and sacrifices in Southern Cali- 
fornia as every-where else. I do not wish to hold 
out hut two inducements, and whatever other ad- 
vantages may follow will make the colonist foel 
ood and, therefore, not result iu veiation to him- 
self and others. 

1. A true and holy desire to help build up a 
church in that country. 

2. The healthfulness of the climate. 
If every one will keep good in view and then 

succeed in bettering his financial condition, he 
can have no regrets in making the change. 

Orange and raisin land can be had, with water 
to irrigate, on five years' time at six per cent, 
close to a railroad station. Aoy one purchasing 
ten or more acres will have his railroad fare paid 
from his starting-point to Lordsburg or J.os Ange- 
les, California. 

Now I much prefer that those who think they 
would enjoy going to Southern California to live 
and work, should go and Bee the place where I in- 
tend to try to help build up a congregation b?fore 
deciding to locate; but if any one prefers going 
with his family without first seeing it, that is his 
business. I would like a number of youug, active 
brethren and sisters whose energioj and judg- 
ments are unquestioned in the right. 

For further information address me, with stamp, 
unlil Feb. 11 at McPherson, Kaus., and after, 
that at Lordsburg, Cal. M. M. Eshelman 



moal p ,-maded to be Christians. Jan. 7 we 
started for home, leaving Bro. Baer to continue 
the meetings. Give God the praise! Brethren 
andsiBters, unite with us at a throne of grace in 
behalf of the little flock at that place. Many 
thanks to the brethren aud Meads for their kind- 
ness shown us while with them, May the grace 
of God abide with them I Israel CniPE. 

From Los Angeles, Cal. 

Ai ii-K traveling about four days and nights, we 
arrived Bafely at Los Angeles. We were well all 
the time, and had very pleasant com parry. Mr. G. 
h MpDonangh was our guide. Wo find every- 
thing pleasant here. The orange trees are laden 
with fruit, while flowers and rosea of all kinds are 
in full bloom. When we go to the market-house, 
all km, Is of garden eatables wo can think of are 
there,— Btrawberries, beans, peas, onions, lettuce, 
oabbage, etc Anything any one wants may be 
had here. 

Wo oau not till how long we may etay here. 

we oujoy health, and the Lord is willing, we 
will atay here for some time. Our nddress will he 
hm Angeles until otherwise ordered. 

Jotin Metzger and Wife. 

A Sad Accident. 



From Belleville, Kans. 



Who Will Go Along? 

The rule thus far has been to plant churcheB 
by colonization and then add to this band as the 
Lord directed. That course is still open for ap- 
plication; and I have concluded to do my part 
toward helping to form a congregation in South- 
ern California, and I want ten families to join in 
the work. The soil, climate and general condi- 
tions are all favorable for fruit culture, and with 
proper industry any one oan live and prosper, and 



We have just enjoyed a series of pleasant meet- 
ings held for us by Bro. John Forney, of Abilene, 
Kans. Though our brother is getting o!d, aud 
seems to realize that he is nearing his joarney's 
end, he is as zealous as ever. 

Our quarterly council occurred Dec. 28. Oor 
elder being absent, Bro. Forney took charge of 
the meeting. There was a good deal of business 
to be disposed of, but everything passed ofl pleas 
antly. 

Bro. Isaac Thomas was with us during the 
month of November. His earnest labors show 
him to be deeply interested in the cause of ChriBt. 

We have a very interesting Bible class, which, 
in its weekly seaeions, labors earnestly in the 
stnuy of God's Word. Lizzie Hilary. 

From Knobnoster, Johnson County, Mo. 

Deo 25 Bro. Amos Warn pier and the writer 
started for Benton County to hold a series of 
meeting-*. Passing by way of Mount View, we 
found Bro. M. T. Baer busily engagerl iu holding 
a series of meetings in the Brethren's church at 
that place. According to previous arrangements, 
we commenced meetings eight miles south-west of 
Mount View on what ia known as Breshenre's 
Prairie, where the Brethren's doctrine is new. 
We commenced meetinge Dec. 27 and had nine- 
teen meetings, with eleven accessions by baptism 
and one applicant. A number, we believe, are al- 



Jan. H, 1890, James and William, sous of broth- 
er aud sister Asa Hutton and Bro. E. West went 
to the timber to haul in wood. They chopped 
their wood, ate a lunch and then proceeded to 
load their wagons. The wood being heavy, they 
all worked together, In loading the third wagon, 
while iu the act of putting on a stick of timhor, 
James stumbled, aud fell with his hoad between 
the logs, crushing it so badly that he died within 
thirty minutes. 

His mother and father were sent for, bat he 
w>is dead before they arrived. Whnt sorrow to 
their hearts to find him deadl 

The funeral services were held by Eld. S, M. 
Goughuour and Bro. Jeff. Matbias, and occurred 
Jan. 10. 



Tho neighbors and friends sympathize deeply 
with tho father, mother, bro:h-r and sister that 
were left to mourn their 1 iss. Oh, how hard it is 
to give up one just iu the bloom of lifel His age 
was eighteen years, four months and three days. 
We all hope that he has gone to a land where 
tbere is no death nor suffering 

This snl-mri event is a call to us to Btop and 
think. Time is vary short, eternity lasts foreverI 
It is of the utmost importance to live arightl 

W. E. West. 

Elkhari, Iowa. 

Tho Children's Mission. 

Dear Children: — 

I must say I heartily endorse tho sentimentof 
Bro. Grant Malran, of Ann Arbor, Micb., in be- 
half of our work among the children, in Gospel 
Messenger No. 2, Jan 14, page 22. He has 
brought the work out in a much broader sense 
than I have ever done and I should be glad if all 
would profit thereby, because it is the Lord's 
work and we should not only send our pennies, 
dimes and dollars, but also our prayers, and ask 
hie blessings to go with all we send. I have earn- 
estly longed that some one would take hold and 
raise our work to a higher standard. It is the 
Lord's work and I believe it will grow in favor 
with God and our fellow-men. May God bless us 
all in his work aud may he add to the work as he 

eea tit for it to prosper, is my humble prayer! 
Mar: M. Gibson. 
Virden, 111., Box 421. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENOEE. 



Diitrict Meeting Notice. 

The District, llneting of the Statu 
District of Micbifrnn will be held 
with the Brethren of ihe Woodland 
church, Barry Co , Mich., on Satur- 
day, Feb 15, 1890. Meeting to com- 
mence at 10 A. M prompt. 

Those coming from the South and 
West will take tbe Cbioaf/o, Kalama- 
zoo and Saginaw railroad to Wood- 
land. Those ooming by way of 
Grand Rapids from the North and 
East will take the D. L. & N. railroad 
to Woodberrv; there take the 0. K. 
& 8. railroad to Woodland, where 
they will be met the day before the 
Meeting. A fall representation is 
desired. S. M. Smith, 

Clerk. 



From the Tuscarawas Church, Stark 
County, Ohio. 

We, as a ohurou, are endeavoring 
to keep tbe good canae moving iu our 
midst. We had qnite an interesting 
Suntay-sohool daring the Bummer 
months, which always results in good 
when properly con tooted. Wishing 
to enlarge the borders of Zion, 
commenced a Beries of me.-tings at 
the Eden house on the evening of 
Dec 24 and continued one week, 
meeting day and night. Bro. Ed- 
ward LoomiB, of New Philadelphia. 
labored for us. Bro. Loomis is an 
able impounder of the Truth, and did 
not shuu to deolare tbe whole coun- 
sel of God. These meetings were 
quite interesting and were well at 
tended and euj »yed by all who could 
attend. Although there were no 
dittoes to the churcb, yet tbe meet- 
ings were uotiu vain. Tbe meuil 
were greatly revived aud encouraged, 
and, oould tbe meetiugs bave bee 
continued, no doubt a greater wot 
would bave been done. 

On ihe evening of Deo 29, Bn 
Loomis oommebovd another meeting 
at tbe Z on bouse and continued one 
week. We had a very interesting 
meeting. As an immediate result of 
said meeting one previous soul was 
added to tbe church by baptism, and 
the church wa-i built np aud encour- 
aged to greater z- a l and energy in 
the work a-eig'ied her. The weath- 
er, the greater part of tbe time, was 
very inclement and tbe roads almost 
impassahle yet tbe meetings were 
well attended throughout. 

Dear Brethren, let us put, forth a 
greater eff-irt to save a lost and ruined 
world, so that when done with life's 
work, we may enter that fair clime, 
where the wicked shall cease from 
nd the weary are forever 
Eecben Shboyer. 



How the Lord works wilh those 
who work and how diff-rent bis plans 
ate sometimes from onrs! I referred 
in rey notes last spring to a I ; ieodii 
>;, braska who was anxions to uni'e 
with tbe church. Tbe brother who 
waB then expected to go iher«, has 
>.inc". parsed over the datk river. 
While a few friends were making an 
effort to help thorn get a minister to 
preach for them,— Messenger No. 
50 briugs the good ne*B ot mission 
work bavins; been done there. The 
brother above referred to, with oth- 
ers, had been baptized, a church had 
been organized, and be had been 
called to preach the Gospel. 

A number of aged persons have 
died iu this community recently. On 
the last Sunday of the old year Bro 
David L. Replogle was boned, For 
some time he did not have the prop 
er use of his mind. A few weeks 
previous, Bro. Daniel R^ploglo was 
followed to tbe cemetery by a large 
number of friends. Several months 
ago friend Sf,ruuel. Detwiler was 
called away Bnddenly by a very Bad 
accident. He left home with a team 
aud was fatally injuted by the wag- 
on passing over hie body. He waB 
brought home a corpse. 

There are a number of persons 
sick at this place, mostly with the 
world-famed influenza. 

Emma A. Replogle. 



Literary Notes. 



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M A 1 l^IMONIAL. 



EKIIOHN —CAMP.- At 



Jan. 



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■d. Bin II, 



Scraps, 



We have good news to report. At 
the olose of Bro. Silas Hoover's la- 
bors at New Enterprise eight were 
received by baptism. Among the 
number was our brother-in-law from 
the Far West, who had n-ver known 
maeh of our doctrine before. 



both oi Elk Lick Township, Somerset Co, 
Pa. J. N. Davis. 

PIKE— STEEL.— At the residence of the 
groom 1 * lather, Bro. C.J. Fike. Dec. 24, by 
lire undersigned, Bro. Jacob H Flke and 
sister Fannie Steel, both of Waterloo, Iowa, 
H. F. Macst. 

YVIL.BER — TRAVER — Jan. 2, iSoo, by 
Bro. C. Hillerv, Bro. Roncrt Wilber and 
sUter Lillle May Traver, all of Belleville 
Kans. F. A Fike. 

DIBERT— SIIOAF— At his residence, Dec 
29, 18S9 Br... Thomas F. Dinert and si.t.-r 
S pnia R. Shoaf, both of Bed'ord County 
Pa- C. L. BtCK. 



SUI'HERLIM — NORRIS — At the resi- 
dence of the bride'„ parents, by the under- 
signed. Dec 29. 1SS9, Mr Samuel Suiher- 
lln and Miss Hannah Norris, all of Kosci 
nsk., County, lnd. N. B. Hketee. 

CARNIIART— REISER. - Dec 24. iS?Q, 
by Rev. Thomai K, Iser, Bro. E. J. Barn- 
i..,,i and Bister Laura L. Kelser, of Belle 
Plain, 111. William A. Claudin. 

ANDERSON— GARST— At the residence 
of the bride's parents, near Brock, Nemaha 
County, N.br, Jan 9, 1S90, Mr. Emery 
Anderson and Miss Mollie C G irst. 

B. F. Flory. 

OGG— DITCH At the residence of Bro. 

H. B Ditch, Jan. 1, Bro. D. B. Ogg, of 
Greenleafton, Minn, and sister Ella M. 
Ditch, of Robins, Iowa. 

ANNA F. Miller. 

HAMBL1N-CURRY.— At the residence 
of the under-igned, Jan. 9, W. W. Ham- 
blin to sister N. E Cu.rv, a'l of Cherokee 
County, Kans. Jacob Appleman. 



-> FALLEN t ASLEEP -e- 



SHOEMAK.ER.-In the bounds of the Ma- 
ple Glen church, at Savage, Somerset Co., 
Pa , Jan. 1, Jacob Shoemaker, aged 78 years, 
10 months and 29 days. Funeral services 
from Ps. 151 1, 2, by Ihe writer, assisted by 
Bro. Fred Murrey. J. N. Davis. 

REPLOGLE.— In the Yellow Creek church, 
Bedford Co., Pa., Dec. 27, 18S9. Bro. David 
L. Replogle, aged 67 years, 10 months and 
tydajs. Funeral occasion improved from 
John 21: 25, by Eld. Silas Hoover, assisted 
by the home ministers. C. L. Buck. 

SUMSTINE.— At Pasadena, Cal., Dec. 28, 
ot rheumatism and paralj sis, Peter Stun- 
stlne, aged ,3 years and 3 days. 

Deceased leaves a sorrowing companion. 

Services by Bro. R. B. Riggs lrorn Job 14: 

14. 

BROWN— In Ihe Lick Creek church, Will- 
iams Co, Ohio, Jan. I, Eld. Jacob Brown, 
aged 74 ) ears, 2 months and 22 days. 

Deceased was born in Staik County, 



, Oo 



He 



1S3S, 



ive p 

cock County, Ohio, where 

his family until July, 1848, 



, Ha 



lined 



e moved 
n, Williams Co., Ohio, where he 
t was removed by death, 
n united with the church in 1S4I, 
ltd to the ministry in 1845. He 
elder for a number of years and 



noon of Dec. 30 He 
53rd psalm read and 11 



No 



Dii 



Is,: 



,1, and eigh 
of a 



.- left ; 



Kaihe, 



The funeral services were conducted by 
Eld. L. H. Dickey, assisted by Eld. D: 
Berkeybile and Bro. C. Krabill. 

G. W. Sellers. 

FIKE.— In the South Waterloo church, la , 
Dec. 26, of paralysis, Bro. John J. Fike, 
aged 72 years, 10 months and 12 days. 
Bro. Fike was born in Somerset Co., Pa. 
In 1SS0 he moved with his family to Iowa. 
He was, for many years, a faitnful deacon in 
the church and died in the triumphs of a liv- 
ing failh. He leaves a wife and seven chil- 



BYERLY.— At Lima, Allen Co , Ohio, Dec. 
28, 1SS9, Bertha E.len, daughter of Danie 
Byerly, ag-d t6years and 6 months. 

Deceased united with the church while 
t quite young, but with a full realization of 
e vast Importance of living a Christian life, 
er many friends who are mourning hei ,!e- 
rture are comforted by the thought that 
e is now enjoying the blessings of the Para- 
,c of God. Delilah Beery. 

RAWZER.— In Dunning's Creek church, 
Bedford Co., Pa., Dec I, 1889, of typhoid 
fever, Rebecca Ellen Raweer, daughter of 
James O. and Elizabeth Rawzer, ag-d 15 
years, 3 months and 11 days. She was a 
kind and obedient daughter. 

J. O. Rawzer. 

CANADAY.— Near Hylton, Va., Dec. 29, 
Bro George Canaday, aged about 40 years. 
The decea.ed had been a great sufferer 
for nearly a year with a hip joint disease. He 
bore his affliction with Christian fortitude. 
About fourteen years ago he identified him- 
,clf with the Brethren. When he felt that 
his end was near, he sent for the elders and 
was anointed, selected a text for his funeral, 
committed his soul to God and peacefully 
passed away. Funeral from "And who Is 
my neighbor?" by the writer. 

C. D. Hylton. 
WINE— In Brldgewater, Va., Dec. 17, of 
consumption, sister Rachel Ann, wife of 
Bro. Wm. M. Wine, aged 24 years, 5 
months and 6 days. Funeral services by 
the Brethren from 1 Cor. 15: 55, 58. 
SHERFY— Near Bndgewater, Va., Dec. 30,- 
Bro. Frederick Sherfy, aged 45 years, 8 
months and 4 days. Funeral services at 
Beaver Creek by the Brethren from Rev. 



Bro. She 


tit- 


moved 


from 


Tenn 


2SS 


Kansas, wher 


he 


was el 


cted 


to th 




try. On ace 


unt 


of ill 1 


ealtt 


he u 




Florida, from 


whi 


h place 


hec 


me to 


Vi 


ia last spring, 
ed worker in 


H 


good c 


ause, 


and \ 


dd 


that now he h 


as gone fror 


a labor to r 




HARLOW.- 


-In 


Bridge 


wat- 


, Va. 


T 


181,0, of he 


rt d 


isease, 


islcr 


Mary 


M 



lena Ha 



>43) 



and 



I day. Sister Harlo 
Bro. Joel Gllck, deceased. Funeral serv- - 
ices from Matt. 24: 42. S. F. Sanger. 
THOMAS — At Mt. Etna, Iowa, Jan. 7, of 
paralysis, Bro. Joseph A. Thomas, aged 69 



Deceased was a 
Brethren church fo: 
died in the triumphs of faith. Funeral se 
ices by the writer, assisted by Rev. J. McCi 



iste-n I member of the 
out thirty ye; 



ly, from Job 

QUEER— In the Midd 
tion, Somerset Co 
lah Queer, aged 50 



n Ha. 



1.1 


le Cre 


ek congrega- 


p 


Jan. 


6. sister Dell- 
lonths and 13 


h 
of 


::;■ 


were baptized 
of meetings 


Ar 


nold. 


Although her 




hort, ) 


et it was not 


eS 


ed by 


her conversa- 



drcn 



Funeral occa.--.uii improved by ihe wrii 
John n: 35,26. S. H. Mi: 



Hub 11: 16, lastcl 

WOOD.— In the Swan Creek church, Fulton' 
Co., Ohio, Emma Catharine Wood, aged 8' 
months. Funeral services by the writer' 
and W. Siler. David Berkeybile, 

BRUMBAUGH — At West Manchester;. 
Preble Co., Ohio, Nov. 15, 18S9, sister 
Catharine Brumbaugh, aged 82 years, f 

Thus another mother In Ir-rael has gone to' 
her long home! Sister Brumbaugh was the 
mother of ten children. Her husband and 
three sons preceded her. Fifty -six grand- 
children and forty-nine greatgrandchildren 1 
are left to mourn their loss. She united with, 
the church in 1S50. Funeral services by the 
writer, aaslsiad by R. Stephens. 

Jacob Gar»er. 



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Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Feb. 4. 1 890 



No. 6. 



The Gospel Messenger. 



H. B. Brumbaugh, Editor, 



Table of Contents. 

Weaving. Selected by John A. Myers, . 

Home Influence. By A. W. Zug, 

The Lord's Supper. By John Forney,... 

My Observations. By J H. Miller, 67 

John the Baptist. By Joseph Fahnestock :.68 

Where Art Thou? By 1). S. T. Butterbaugh,. ... ... ; .OS 

What is to be Desired in the Present Lite? By S. T. 

Harnes f. 69 

He had no Enemies. Selected 69 

Cherish your Friends Selected, 6. 

Dreams that were not all Dreams. By A Writer 71 

Peace on Earth. By B. C. Moomaw 7. 

Obeying the Lord. By A. Flory 7. 

Human Sympathy. By Sarah M Saunders 7 

The Golden Rule. By Mary E. Arnold 7 

Stop and Think. ByJ. W. Keller, 7 

Editorlals- 
I'ems r.5, 7 

Why Is It? .6 

Querist's Department, 7^ 

Missionary and Tract Work Department — 

Christian Tn ion by J i. s.- 

Ways. By C. D. Hylton 7< 

Thanksgiving Offerings 7 

Another Way. ByJ. S. Flory 7 

Notes from our Correspondents 75, 76 

Correspondence, 76, 77, 7S 

Matrimonial, 7S 

Fallen Asleep 7S 

79. So 



The Coventry, Pa., church, are preparing to 
build a new church house during the coming sum- 
mer. 

The Green Tree church, Pa., under the pastor- 
ship of Eld. Jacob T. Myers, is said to bo one of 
the most aotive and prosperous churches of the 
Eastern District. It is surrounded by an excel- 
lent community of people who are largely mem- 
bers of the Brethren church. 



The Brethren at Ephrata, Lancaster Co., Pa., 
have built themselves a very complete church, 
and now have a flourishing Sunday-school. This 
was certainly a move in the right direction, as 
they, for a long time, were in need of a church- 
house in which to hold regular services, and a 
Sunday-school. They have a membership of one 
hundred or more in town. Their present need is 
a good, English minister, as the demand, on the 
part of the young, is for English preaching. 



"We are informed that Bro. John E. Grarver, now 
of Mt, Union, Pa., will change his place of resi- 
dence in the coming spring, to Cora, near the Hill 
Valley church-house. We are glad to hear of this 
change, as it will place him nearer his field of la- 
bor, and, we hope, add to the success of the work 
at that place. Our ministers should make it a 
point to locate as near to the church-house as pos- 
sible, so that they will be convenient to aBsist in 
"the Sunday-school and prayer-meetings, as well tie 
the regular appointments for public preaching. 



We notice that The Vindicator, formerly edited 
by J. I. Cover, is now in the oharge of the Garber 
brothers, and published at New Lebauon, Ohio. 
They are having some discussion as to their name, 
and while some prefer the more significant name, 
"Old Brethren," others propose "Old Gorman 
Baptists," following up the same folly into which 
our church has fallen. As a matter of discrimi- 
nation, we will now have to be the "New German 
Baptists." We are glad, however, that at our last 
Annual Conference the name was virtually changed 
from "The Fraternity of German Baptists," to 
"The German Baptists, or Brethren." And we 
look forward hopefully to the time when we will 
get back to our old, original name, "Die Brll- 
der "—the Brethren, or Tunkers. 



WHY IS IT? 



The question was asked us not long since: "Why 
is it that our ministers, as a class, are poorer, finan- 
cially, now than they were years ago? " The ques- 
tion had never so presented itself to us before, 
and we were not resdy to answer it. Neither were 
we prepared to accept the statement as being true. 
Since then the question has come to us, at times, 
with considerable interest, and we have given it 
eomo attention. 

The first thought we have to consider is, Are 
our ministers, as a class, poorer to-day than they 
were years ago? From our own observation, and 
from what we can learn, we believe they are. In 
lookiug over the ministers of our surrounding 
churches, we know of a number who aro not only 
poor, but some of them have passed through the 
fiery ordeal of bankruptcy, and have been made to 
weep at the ring of the sheriff's hammer. They 
were men who had been in easy circumstance?. 
Others, who were once well off, are now almost 
dependent upon the oharities of the churoh. If 
not so, they have to labor hard to support their 
families. You know, ministers, above all others, 
are expected to pay their honest debts. Indeed, 
some of our ministers have lost in reputation and 
influence because they could not do this, From 
effects we go back after causes, — and causes 
there are, in fact, — but what they are is 
important question for our consideration. Are 
they justifiable causes? Have their misfort- 
unes grown out of the fact that they have been 
called to the ministry, and, through their at- 
tending to this call, they have had an uneven race, 
financially, with their fellows, and thus have come 
out behind? If so, the cause is a justifiable one, 
on their part, as the church laid thie financial hin- 
derance in their way, and is, therefore, responsi- 
ble for it. If a man becomes impoverished while 
he is in the line of duty, especially if that duty is 
laid upon him by legal authority, he is not to 
blame. If there be blame anywhere, it muBt be 
placed at the door of those who imposed the duty. 

That the duties, attending the ministry, are a 
hinderance to a man's success in following the 
ordinary callings in life, is a fact evident to all 



who core to kuow. It is a calling, high and holy, 
aud practically unfits a mnn to compete with those 
who are not ministers, in worldly occupations. It 
is not only a high and holy oalling but it is a pe- 
culiar calling, and eBpeoially peculiar in this re- 
spect. And because of this our ministers are 
made to labor under great disadvantages when it 
is necessary for them to labor in worldly occupa- 
tions for financial oupport. 

But, it may be asked, Hns this not always been 
their condition? And, if so, why a greater disad- 
vantage now than in former timea? This is a 
very fair and proper question, and upon the an- 
swer of it hinges the truthfulness of our position. 
Tue brother who propounded the question felt 
that there was a growing impoverishment among 
our ministers and nnknl for the cause. If he was 
right in his oouolnsion, ho was also right in seek- 
ing after the oause. We have aocepted his con- 
clusion aud shall try to present at least some of 
the causes. 

The first cnuso wo offer is, It requires more 
preparation ou the part of the preacher to preaoh 
now than it did in former times. Greater possi- 
bilities are needed. More literary culture is de- 
manded and a more careful preparation is expect- 
ed. In New Testament lauguage, "the oalling 
has been magnified," - in a sense it has been en- 
larged and, therefore, a matt of greater possibili- 
ties is required to fill it, To fill a position accept- 
ably, the man who fills it must bo as large as the 
position. Sin is growing more nggreBsive and 
thero must be growing possibilities to meet and 
overcome this aggressiveness of sin. An ordinary 
general may meet and stay the course of a small 
and indifferent army of men, but to stand before 
and stay the course of a large and aggressive 
army requires a general of corresponding greater 
possibilities. 

Again, this is an age of more general literary 
culture, taste and refinement. Whether this is 
for the better or the worse, is not the question 
now; the minister must measure himself up to it 
because he must meet the world as he finds it. 
To do this reqnires time, labor and money. This 
time, labor and money is spent for that which is 
not expected to bring him money or wealth, — 
hence a financial loss. He not only loses his time, 
labor and money, but in doing so he is preparing 
for a something which promises nothing but a 
continual Iobb financially, so that, while others are 
preparing to make money, his preparing is to lose 
it. As the times and the circumstances demand 
this preparation, and the minister must make it to 
be successful, it is plain to be seen that this is a 
cause why ministers of our church are growing fi- 
nancially poorer. 

A second cause is: More study and system is re- 
quired in the preparation of sermons that the 
preaching may be acceptable to the people. We 
can remember when the appointments for the dif- 

{Couzludai on page 70.J 



66 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Feb. i 1890. 




WEAVING. 

Yes I'm a weaver, and each day 

The threads of life I spin; 
And be the colors what they may, 

I fitlll must weave them In. 
With morning light there comes the Ihoi 

Ae I. my task begin— 
My Lord to me new threads has brongh 

And bids me " weave them In." 
.Sometimes he gives me threads of gold, 

To brighten up the day ; 
Then Bombrc tints, so bleak and cold 

They change the gold to gray. 
His love, alas I I oft forget 

When these dark threads I spin, 
That cause me grief and pain, but yet 

He bids me " weave them In." 
And soiny shuttle swiftly flies, 

With threads both gold and gray; 
And 60 1 toil till daylight dies 

And fades in night away. 
Oh, when my day of toll is o'er, 

And I shall cease to spin : 
He'll open wide my Father's door, 

And bid me rest within, 
There safe at home in heavenly llghi, 

How clearly I shall see 
That every thread, the dark, the bright, 

Each one had need to be! 
—Selected by Joltn A. Myers, Hutchinsoi 



HOME INFLUENCE 



by a. w. zua. 



heaveo to sit at the feast. The tables will be 
decked with the "twelve manner of fruits " from 
the Tree of Life, and water from the fountains of 
the Rock will flash from golden tankards. The 
harpers of heaven will make eweet music, and 
Christ will point her oat to all, Baying, " She suf- 
fered with me on earth; now we are glorified to- 
gether." And the banqueters, no longer able to 
hold their peace, will break forth with the con- 
gratulation, "Hail hail!" Then there will be a 
hand-writing on the wall, — not such as struck the 
Persian king with horror, bat fire-tipped fingers 
shall write, in blazing capitals of light, and love 
and victory, " God has wiped away all tears from 
their eyes." 

THE LORD'S SUPPER. 

BY JOHN FORNEY. 



The impressions received at home are the might- 
iest o£ all upon the soul. There are men who 
have maintained their integrity, not bacauBe they 
were nuy better naturally than others, bat beoaase 
there were good home influences exerted upon 
them. They got a good start. They were launohed 
on the world with the b3nediotions of a Christian 
mother. They may track Siberian snows; they 
may plauge into African juugles; they may fly to 
the earth's end; they can not go so far and bo fast, 
but the prayer of a mother will keep up with 
them. 

Oh, what a multitude of mothers in heaven 1 
Many who have never been heard of on earth, 
who were known only in their immediate neigh- 
borhood, have gone into the reBt and peace of 
heaven! What a lestl What a ohange from the 
amall room with no fire and one window, the glass 
broken out and the aching Bide and worn-out eyes, 
to the house of many mansions! Heaven for the 
aching head! Heaven for broken hearts! Heaven 
fcr anguish-bitten frameB! No more sitting up 
until midnight for the coming of Btaggering steps! 
No more rough blows on the temples! No more 
Bharp, bitter curses! 

Some of oar dear mothers have no reBt in this 
world ; it is toil and straggle all the way up. They 
have to stand at the door, fighting back the wolf 
with their own hand. But God has a crown for 
them! He is making it now. Whenever they 
weep a tear, he sets another gem into that diadem, 
until, after a while, in all the tiara there will be 
no room for another splendor, and God will say to 
hie angel, "The crown is done: escort her home, 
that she may wear it." And as the Lord of E-ight- 
eouBnesB puts the crown upon her brow, angel 
will ory to angel, " Who is she? " Christ will aay, 
" She ia the one that came up out of great tribu- 
lation, and had her robe washed and made white 
in the blood of the Lamb." Then God will spread 
a banquet and will invite all the principalities of 



Number Two. 

In Gospel Messenger No. 45, of Nov. 13, 1 gave 
the readers a part of Eld. Jesse Engle's argu- 
ments on the above subject,— how he tried to show 
that the last supper ChriBt ale with his disciplea 
was under the Law, and was eaten in fulfillment 
of the Law. 

In thisesBay I will give you the elder's proofs. 
He seoma to think he has clearly shown that Je- 
so8 did eat the Jewish Passover when, as he saya, 
Ohristateit on the fourteenth, the first part of the 
night, when the fourteenth had just begun. This, 
he says, was the legal time appointed in the Law. 
He then continues; 

'■ By a careful perusal of the passages noted the reader will 
notice that the passover was named twelve times by our Sav- 
ior and the disciples, and in every instance was called the 
passover, and i( the authors of the expression understood the 
language which they used, and were conversant with the act 
in which they were solemnly and ceremonially engaged, then 
do we again say that it was the Jewish passover which our 
Savior celebrated on the night of his apprehension, and ended 
with his death on the cross. 

« To illustrate this matter we say: Let a historian gi' 
geographical description of the State of Pennsylvania, an 
his record make a special mention of the Susquehanna ri 
describing its origin, general course, terminus, together i 
all its minute details, and repeatedly mention the name of the 
river. Now let the history fall into the hands of some read 
er who would say, It does not mean the Susquehanna, but the 
Ohio or the Mississippi River and emphatically insist on his 
Interpretation, could we not say justly, That person is either 
not honest or he is not sane? 

" Likewise do we say of that person who reads the plain 
record of Matthew, Mark and Luke on the passover, and 
then emphatically declares that It is not the passover but 
some other meal, and Insists upon its being a command when, 
in not one Instance in the Gospel, it is referred to as such, 
when he still further accuses his fellow-brethren for not un- 
derstanding and proclaiming it as he does. 

"Again, when we take a spiritual as well as a typical view 
of the three scripturaUy-establtshed memorials of the several 
dispensations,— the ark, the passover, and the bread and wine, 
the question again comes up, Where is room for another fig- 
urative supper? It has no tingle mandatory injunction in 
the Scriptures. 

" Objections are frequently made to this having been the 
Jewish passover which objections we will, in order, briefly 
consider. 

"i. That there was no liquid matter at hand into which a 
sop could be dipped. The thoughtful reader will readily ob- 
serve no less than three opportunities to perform this act. 
(a) In roasting a freshly-dressed body, as In the preparation 
of the passover, sufficient liquid matter will excrete therefrom 
to supply what small portions were required to dip a sop, 
which is but a small particle; (i) the command was given to 
eat the passover with bitter herbs. History as well as modern 
usa^e proves that, In the preparation of bitter herbs, such as 
mustard sauce, etc., sufficient liquid matter would be at hand 
for this purpose; (c) when the Savior had eaten the passover 
with his disciples, there was a wine cup on the table; so wi 
see that the first objection Is fully met. 

"2. That It was not observed at the proper time. Her 
we find mentally able men differ from each other. Somi 
strongly advocate the above, while others claim that it was 
celebrated nt the legal time. We assume the position that 
it was the legal time, namely, on the fourteenth day of the 
first month, according to Ex. 12: 6; Lev. 33: 5; Num. 9: 3; 
Num.38: 16; 11: i7;Deut. 16:6. Hence we muit accept the 



proposition that Christ ate the passover on the fourteenth day, 

Instituted in Egypt. 

Some will say that since Christ was crucified on the four- 
teenth day, it would have been impossible for him to have 

n It on the same day. Ju9t here we wish to cite the read- 

one fact which, in connection with passages already 
quoted, proves that the Savior could have both eaten the 
passover and been crucified on the same day. That the Jew- 
ish Day began at eunset, is plain to every one who gives the 
subject sufficient thought. If, then, the fourteenth day be- 
inset, at the ending of the thirteenth, it Is, therefore, 
prehensive that the Savior celebrated the passover 
In the evening or commencement of the day, being the fore- 
part of the night. During the after part of the night he was 
apprehended, etc. 

" 4. John says, ' Now before the feast of the passover.' We 
will first consider the feast in its specific order, as command- 
ed by Moses In Lev. 23: 5-7; Num. 2S: 1G-1S." 

The above I have copied from the January num- 
ber of tbe Visitor. I will give a few more para- 
graphs from the April number by the same au- 
thor: 

"My constant aim was to bring to light the different 
points bearing on the subject, also to show that the four 
evangelists are fully reconciled on the sacred narrative. We, 
therefore, continue our testimony by citing our readers to the 
fact that the four evangelists testify that Christ was burled 
on the preparation day. See Matt. 27: 62; Mark 15: 42; Luke 
23: S3. 5+ ; John 19: 31-41- This also shows that he was con- 
demned, crucified, and buried on the same day, namely, on 
the Jews' preparation day, being the day before the national 
celebration. The special emphasis 'of Jews' preparation' 
stands in contradistinction to another preparation, and in tes- 
timony of the preparation directed by the Savior. Matt. 26: 
19; Mark 14: 15; Luke 22: 9-12. 

This preparation of necessity 
lamb was prepared, possibly le' 
from the time the directions we 
seated at the table In the uppei 
of Jesus i 
of lambs 
passover." 

Farther J. Eagle says in the January number: 

" The position was fully vindicated in the foregoing that 
the Savior celebrated the paschal meal on the fourteenth, 
which is irrevocably the Biblical time. Maintaining this im- 
pregnable position, the following facts are established beyond 
a doubt, viz , that the Jews celebrated the paschal meal on 
the fifteenth. Hence it follows, according to John 19: 14, 
that the preparation was on the fourteenth, that being the 
day on which they crucified the Savior,— the preparation of 

" Let It be borne in mind that the evangelist had reference 
to the Jews' passover supper, and not to that already eaten by 
the Savior and his disciples on the first evening of the four- 
teenth. Just here we note that some place great stress on the 
integrity of the Tews, saying they were very strict in fulfilling 
the letter of the Law. In answer to this we say they were 
very strict in observing the traditions of the fathers, but set 
at naught the commandments of God. See Matt. 15: 3-6; 
Mark 7: 7-9; Acts 7: 53. A very poor standard indeed," etc. 



as very short; since but one 
than an hour was required 
given until the Savior was 
>om with his disciples. But 
said, preparation day, since, possibly, thousands 
e necessary for the national celebration of the 



I will give the readers a few more paragraphs 
from the February number of the Visitor. Eld. 
Engle, after a long explanation of the Greek word 
deipnon, saying that it sometimes means a morn- 
ing repast, sometimes dinner or supper, and that, 
in the use and application of thia and other words, 
"oustom makes law," finally telle us: 



" From the foregoing it is set 
referred to in 1 Cor. 11 is by m 
full feast. That the Corinthia 
plain from verses 17-21. The 1 
taken of their feast 1 



that the Lord's Supper, as 
Tieans a full meal, but It is a 
, were in confusion 16 very 
jst proper view that can be 
i of three things, viz. 



a bacchanalian feast, a feast of charity, and the Communion." 

Then, after Eld. Engle tells us how the churoh 
fell into the habits of their unconverted days, he 



"The Corinthians were instructed by the apostle how to 
conduct affairs in the church, 1 : 2, but, according to verse 17, 
failed very materially. Paul, no doubt, spoke to them of the 
agape or feast of charity, but that he 6pake to them of the 
Lord's Supper is beyond a doubt, since he says, ' For I have 
received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, 
that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, 
took bread,' etc., and while they went to solemnize this sacred 
rite (they already having been corrupted from the simplicity 
which Is in Christ) fell Into this base confusion and corruption. 
The apostle, as a benevolent father, did not cast them away 
for this gross error, but, after the required reproof, kindly 
setB them in order, and his proceedings with them clearly 



I 



Feb. 4, 1890. 



bring out the true feature of the feast (or supper) He doe 
not say, Brethren, you have been very disorderly In 
feast, and now, that you may be In order hereafter, I will 
you how to do, and how I received these ordinances from the 
Lord and how you may avoid such base disorder and confu- 
slon hereafter, which certainly will bring the Christian reli e 
Ion Into disrepute. Now, brethren, the next time you cele 
brate the Lord's Supper I want you to kill a beef (or if vou 
prefer a number of lambs), make ready an orderly supper, 
and when everything Is ready, then be seated and eat your 
meal in common, and when you have eaten your sapper, then 
proceed with the bread and wine, which, you must not foriret 
belongs to this meal also. In verse 3+ Paul says, 'If any 
man hunger, let him eat at home: that ye come not together 
unto condemnation,' as If to say, ■ If you can not have better 
order a your feast, of charity, yon had better not have them 
at all, since you have houses at which to eat. Neither does 
he apostle say that he received any command from the Lord 
that hey should hold feasts of charity, but he tells them very 
plainly what he did receive of the Lord Jesus." 



We have now carefully noted Eld. Eagle's argu. 
ments on the subjeot, and will give a brief reply. 
His article was written with an aim to overthrow 
the one ordinance of the Lord,— the supper —by 
calling it the Jewish passover. In examining the 
aiders citations of Scriptnres I fail to find the 
word Jewish passover once in connection with the 
snpper that the Lord ate with his disciples in the 
beginning of the night of the fourteenth of Nisan, 
—just after sunset of the thirteenth, as the elder 
clearly states. That it is called passover by the 
evangelists can not be denied, neither did I ever 
hear any man deny the term, bnt I heard it truth- 
fully denied that it was the Jewish passover as 
ild. Engle oalls it. I have often heard it denied 
that it was the appointed day of the Law, to eat 
the passover on the beginning of the fourteenth, 
or preparation day, as the following Scriptures 
will show: John 19:42, "There laid they Jesus 
therefore, because it was the Jews' preparation 
day." John 19: 31, " The Jews therefore because 
it was the preparation." Luke 23: 54, " And that 
day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew 
on." Mark 15: 42, "And now, when the even was 
oome, because it was the preparation, that is the 
day before the Sabbath." Luke 22: 7, "Then 
came the day of unleavened bread when the pass- 
over must be killed," not when it must be eaten. 
There was a certain day on which the passover 
must be killed, that was the fourteenth day of the 
first month. And when Luke says, " Then came 
the day of unleavened bread when the passover 
must be killed," he must mean, then came the 
fourteenth day of the month, for that was the day 
appointed to kill the passover. On that day they 
were commanded to put all leaven out of their 
houses. This I showed clearly in my former 
reply. Hence it is the day of unleavened bread, 
but not the feast of unleavened bread, for that is 
the fifteenth day. On this Eld. Engle agrees with 
us, but he still holds that the law required the 
celebration of the passover in the first part of the 
night, as we see it in his articles. " If this is a 
fact," he says, "it is irrevocably the Bible time." 
Then it is a mystery that requires Eld. Engle to 
explain when the preparation day was under the 
law, if it was not the fourteenth, as we have it in 
the Bible. Our friend says there were two prepa- 
ration days. We have the elder's own word for 
it on page 108 of the Visitor that " Christ was 
crucified and buried on the Jews' preparation day, 
that being the day before the national celebration. 
The special emphasis of ' Jews ' preparation stands 
in contradistinction to another preparation, and 
in testimony of the preparation direoted by the 
Savior in*Matt. 26: 19; Mark 14: 15; Luke 22: 9- 
12. This preparation was very short; since but 
one lamb was to be prepared, possibly lesB than 
an hour was required." 

The elder seems to think that Peter and John 
did some fast work in that upper room, to kill and 
roast a lamb in one hour, and then be all seated I 
at the table; henoe he says, "The fourteenth was I 



the day to celebrate the passover, and the Jews 
had the wrong day when they celebrated the pass, 
over the fifteenth da, of the first month wh oh 
he also says was the great, n jtional feast day Yet 
in another column, he says, the Lord sent the 
disciples on the evening of the fourteenth to make 
ready the passover. In this the elder is right, 
and hence we see at once the absurdity of his two 
preparation days, when there is only one named 
in all the Bible. Will friend Engle tell us what 
the second day is named, and where we can find 
it recorded? 

Here the elder's illustration of his three rivers 
may well apply, as it also will ,n the following, 
where he contends so strongly that tho word 
deipnon " indicates " a feast or supper- in the 
New Testament, the principal meal of the Hebrews 
and taken by them in the evening," but now h s 
says, " From the foregoing it is seen that the 
Lord's Supper, as referred to in 1 Oor. 11 is by 
no means a full meal, bnt is a full feast." "When 
we hear of some who say, that to take a small 
shoe of bread and a sip of wine, could not possi- 
bly constitute a feast (deipnon), we must con- 
clude that such have a very limited knowledge of 
the body and blood of Christ. When wo celebrate 
the Lord's Supper in the emblems of bread and 
wine, we partake of the mystioal body of Christ." 
On page 69, of the Visitor, February number 
the elder tells us how Paul did not say to the 
Corinthians, "Now, brethren, the next time you 
celebrate the Lord's Supper, I want you to kill a 
beef." If elder Engle is correot, that the apostle 
Paul had reference only to the bread and wine, 
when he oorrected the error of the church at 
Corinth, 1 Cor. 11: 20-22,-meant the bread and 
wine to be the Lord's Snpper, - it follows that 
Paul commanded to eat it at home, for the elder 
says, " There is no other eating that has a com- 
mand in the Gospel." And yet he strongly ad- 
vocates an orderly meal at their love-feasts, or 
agapae, or feasts of charity, as he chooses to call 
them. 

The elder does just what he so strongly con- 
demns. I have been an eye-witness more than 
once where his church had a preparation of beef, 
or some other meat in connection with a sumptu- 
ous meal at their love-feaste. The elder seems to 
think, it is nearer right to have this supper an 
hour or two before feet-washing than to leave it 
just where the Lord put it— between feet- washing 
and the Communion,— although Christ says, " I 
have given you an example that ye should do as I 
have done to yon." Paul could say with truth, 
"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of 
Christ." 1 Oor. 11: 1. 

I will say, in conclusion, there is no evidence in 
the Bible that the bread and wine were ever oalled 
the Lord's Supper by any inspired writer. I 
do not question Eld. Engle's honesty in this 
matter, bat it is possible that sincere and honest 
men make mistakes, no matter hoy much learning 
they have. Paul is only one of the many ex- 
amples we have in the Bible, and we think the 
elder's mistakes all originate from the fact, that 
the first evening of the fourteenth of "Nisan, 
when the thirteenth ended, was tho time when 
Jesus ate his last supper with the disciples and 
was irrevocably the Biblical time of the Law." 
This I will show, by nndeniable evidences, to be a 
mistake in my next communication 
Abilene, Kans. 



held over, the Brotherhood. The Savior's own 
language teaches us, « Go ye into all the world and 
preach the Gospel to every creature." " Not for 
saking tho assembling of yourselves together as the 
manner of some is, exhorting one another, and so 
much the more as ye see the day approaching." 
Hie apostles went from house to house, preaching 
tho Word of God. This was with them a daily 
work. * 

2 Another improvement that I notice is that 
our children are not so muoh neglected as they 
were in former years. How muoh good we can 
accomplish by properly training their youthful 
minds. I see lu & \ m0!ii overy chorch dhMct a 
good buuday-Rohonl in operation. Our children 
are cared for; their minds are filled with useful 
knowledge, aud how needful is this early training! 
3. Our young members are favored with better 
opportunities to make themselves more useful for 
ohuroh work. Our aged brethren and sisters can 
also take part in sooial services. All may work to 
getter in the promotion of the cause of Christ 
ibis work can bo best accomplished by holding 
Bible classes. How much strength I have re. 
ceived at those meetings! Indeed, I have learned 
more at some of those meetings than at first could 
be imagined. When at those meetings, how joy 
ful we are! Wo can take our children along and 
engage in asking and answering questions, as 
Christ did when but twelve years of age. How 
much Bible knowledge we get at these meetings! 
Timothy must have had the advantage of some 
such meetings. See 2 Tim. 3: 15. 

■i. Our singing is much improved in some 
places. Young people are invited to help us. 
rhey are invited to take front seats. The church 
furnishes them with books, aud an interest is mani- 
fested in their behalf. They become interested, 
and preaohlug does them much more good. They 
love to go to tho house of God, and they are anxi- 
ously waiting for the hour of worship. By suoh 
means some are brought early to Christ. Our 
young people are too often neglected in this partic- 
ular. Good eingiog-sohools should be held, and 
such books procured as will be of some use to 
them. Music is a brauch of education, aud, like 
everything else, must be studied. Oar church 
needs more workers in this direction. 

Many inducements are held out now to draw our 
children away.-snoii as " band music," theatrical 
performances, etc. Why not get our children in- 
terested in something of a Scriptural nature, — 
something to turn their minds into the proper 
channel? 

5. As another matter of improvement, I mention 
the fact that our ministers are not so ready to 
tear other people's houses down, but prefer to 
build a better one, and then invite those, of a dif- 
ferent faith, to come over and live with us. 
"Preach the Word," was Paul's instruction to 
Timothy. Men of different faiths do not like to 
be abused, but will listen to a Gospel sermon. No 
difference how strong the sormon may be, if Gos- 
pel truths are presented in a logical manner and 
proven by the Bible, they will generally receive 
them. There may be exceptional cases, however. 
"Let us be wiso as serpents and harmless as 



MY OBSERVATIONS. 



BY J. H. MILLEK. 



In my travels I notice many things,— some of 
whioh I approve of. 
The first thing I like are the many meetings 



6. As another matter of improvement, I mention 
the missionary cause. If our evangelists would 
preach one missionary sermon in every series of 
meetings they hold, it would improve the work 
materially. Every church district should hold at 
least one such service a year. By preaching oc- 
casionally on this subjeot, our members would be 
so influenced that soon there would be plenty of 
means in the hands of our missionary workers, that 
many more missionaries could be sent into the 
field. 
7. The temperanoe question is receiving muoh 



THE GOSPEL ME88ENGEB. 



Feb. i, 1890. 



attention. A great deal should be said against 
intemperance, but, like other evds, it needs to 
be carefully handled. The temperance question, 
of late, has turned a political phase, and now is 
making a rapid progress in that direction. I 
have been invited by brethren and others to in ko 
temperance speeches, but have declined foi the 
reason that by so doing we might compromise ou 
non-resistant principles. would advise our 

Brethren to be careful in tins matter. Let the 
world know where we stand, by our public and 
private talk, but let ns not engage in it to such an 
extent, as to cause the world and our beloved mem- 
bers to stumble and becomo wounded, because of 
the political strife now agitating the minds of the 

P °8 P The tobacco question is heard from, and re- 
ceives due attention. I am happy that many o£ 
our clear brethren and sisters are quitting lis use^ 
One good old brother remarked to me he had 
used it over fifty years. His health was failing, 



7" " , „ i,„o r-hil I the kingdom of heaven suffsreth violence, and the 

I do not approve of brethret .who have ch - ue k, gd ^ ^ ^ .^ ^ asy8 



dren old enough to understand some of our cardm 
al doctrines, to say to them, " We have no way 
handy to take you to meeting. Our buggy is too 
small, so we can not well take you; you had bet- 
ter stay at homo." Brethren, had we not better 
suffer some inconvenience-even to the extent ot 
taking the lumber wagon, at least sometime, in 
order to get our children to church? If we do not 
take our children to church, while young, when 
they get older they will not care about going, and 
then some of you may grieve over this. ' lrain 
up a child while younfo and when he gets old, he 
will not depart from it." 

If we go to church and leave our children at 
home, they may, in our absence, get into mischief, 
and be led away. I have met some ot our dear 
members who were anxious about their children, 
to have them saved. " Oh, say something to my 
boy or girl." How much easier would it be to 
bring such to Christ, if they had Sunday-school 

D ._. i .1.1' 1. lUnonnntnorV 






violent take it by force." That is, from the days 
when John began to preach there was a great 
rush, a crowd pressing to hear John, as if they 
were about to take the kingdom by force. Yes; 
they went oat from Jerusalem, and all Judea, and 
the regions round about Jordan and were baptiz- 
ed, and thus entered in, beginning the church in 
connection with his preaching. See also Luke 

16: 16. , . , T , 

Now, as we have before stated, we think John 
belonged to the oharcb-begau the church, -got 
many to turn to the Lord our God. See Luke 1: 
1G. He began, as before stated, the preaohing of 
the Gospel, and hence he began the church. If 
this view finds objection, what did Christ mean 
when he said: " The kingdom of heaven suffereth 
violence, and the violent take it by force;" and 
where and when did the church of Christ begin' 
The church is a body of believers called out. 
This John began for Christ, and his work was 
sanctioned by Christ, he being baptized by John 
the same as the rest of the believers were. 
Now as we think we have shown that John began 



ZZ^t .mono U to over 81,400. How many mingl e in the society of Brethren, get them „ i er ™- o£ the Gosp6l , and the calling out 

T, n.hren could make the same calculation, ested in the song serv.ces, and occasionally no.da v commencing the church, he 

!!°/i :, „f h wasted money into the mis- children's meeting. _ By these means much good \<* ^ ^ ^ ^.^ ^ hence bslong . 



and place all of this wasted money into the mis 
sionarybox! Ah, what an amount of good could 
be accomplished! 

9 The late Annual Meeting has granted the 
privilege, and makes it a matter of duty, that in all 
congregations there should be a pastoral visit paid 
to all of thr, members once a year. This is a wheel 
that will fit in at the right plaoe in our church 
work. Much good can be accomplished by this 
pastoral visit. Some have asked me, " How shall 
we administer this visit? " I told them my views 



could bo accomplished. 



JOHN THE BAPTIST. 

DY JOSEPH FAHNESTOCK. 



Bv the permission of the editor, I beg to offer 

my views upon the query that appeared in the 

Messekgeii of Nov. 26, with reference to the great 

his visit?" 1 told tnein my ™. ness of John the Baptist. The Savior said that 

Zg^TJ^* * — sh good, and _born of woman greater hau John.no, 



must have belonged to Christ, and hence belong- 
ed to that body of believers. Born as he was 
with the Holy Ghost within, he, therefore, could 
have been but little inferior to the apostles. In 
view of all this, we think that Christ must have 
had reference to the kingdom of heaven where 
God dwells; that great as John was here, the least 
there was greater than John was while in the 



6U goou, uiiu uone were uum ui. „v*~.." 

circumstances would dictate to us in what way we withstanding the least in the kingdom of heaven 
had best prooeed. In the first place^ we should j waa greater thau he. 



not be in too much of a hurry. About two visit 
per day would, perhaps, be the best. By staying 
a while and entering into a social conversation, we 
will find if there is any trouble or weakness, etc 
Wo can then encourage and advise what to do. 1£ 
at all convenient, have a season of devotion. 1 
would consider it an advantage for elders to take 
their companions along, if they oan do bo. 

10 My recent visits among the ohurohes give 
me much encouragement. We, as a Brotherhood, 
are getting nearer the landmarks of our forefa- 



WHERE ART THOU? 

BV D. 8. T. BOTTEEBAUaH. 



" And the Lord God 
him. Where art Thou? 



called unto 
'—Gen. 3: 9 



Tais is the language of God soon after the fall 
of man. He came from heave 3 to seek after that 
which was lost. As God walks through the 
garden in the cool of day, you can hear him call- 
ing, " Adam! Adam! luTier-e orl tfioii?" 

This is the voice of love and mercy. Adam 
ought to have taken the course God did. Adam 
was in the transgression; he had fallen, and should 
have gone up and down Eden, crying, " My God! 
My Godl Where art Thou? " 
But not sol God left the shining courts of 



The answer given is, that the least in the king 
dom of the Nev Testament, which means the 
church, enjoyed what John could not have had - 
peace in the finished work of Christ, etc.; not be- 
ing permitted to see and enjoy the plenitude ot 
Gospel grace and the ou'ponring of the Spirit; 
that all those who enjoyei these great things were 
greater than John. 

Barnes, in his comment, says: " It can hardly be 
Bi id that the most ignorant, obscurest Christians 
,B nearer the landmarks ot our roreiu- had clearer views than Isaiah or John.' No. 
there I L but littleopposition to Annual Meet- How can auy one thinkso? Let him read Isaiahs 

ing now. Years ago this was a general complaint proplie cies. He foresaw Jo !"»• »? ° h ™ ' ™ ™ h ^ ma to seek £or the rebel who had fallen,-not to 
iu some localities. That spirit is fast dying out pe6Ceab le kingdom even down to *™" nlam - ™ t Mm oS £ore76r , but to plan for his redemp- 
Our members are becoming more and more wiU- He had tha t fullness of the Holy Ghost which en ^ ^ ^^ ^ he fimJ him? 

ing to adopt our chuich order, as understood by abled him to see thus far down the dim visis o & ^ traeB o£ fte 

the Gospel, of plainness of dress, and hence there time: aod wa believe he experienced as much Hiding trom 

is not so much trouble and committee work. p6a0e aad joy from its possession, as does any g . ^ OTd ition of man. While a 

what WE should AVOID. Christian. He had a knowledge of the On istia ^ ^ ^ ^.^ q£ being c0n7er8ant 

1 So much complaining and fault-finding. If church, such as fe * even now P^»^ a with Wm . As B00n a9 he falls, he seeks a hiding 

I am calTed into a 'district to hold a meeting, and was equal to *«*J^S 1^ ha great as place, but to his secluded place God follows him 

there is much complaining, it discourages me. same ^ h ^™™n»*o* o£ 'beaven or with this language, ■■ Adam, where art thou? 

Many thousand years have passed since this 
text was first spoken, but, in its power, it is still 
coming down the ages ot time, We doubt whether 
there has been any one who has not heard it at 
some time or other,-this still small voice. Often 
we ask, Where and what is going to become of met 
And what is the end of all this? We think it well 
for man to stop and ask himself the question, 



over 'the congregation. It will discourage the | was. 
minister, and the fruits of his labor will be in 
vain. The better way would be if all would settle 
their troubles beforehand, and thus be able to 
give all the encouragement to the meeting that is 
possible. 

2. I never thought it best to have too many 
ministers at one meeting. Many souls are starv- 
ing for the Bread of Life. Many school-houses, 



I entertain the view that John was expressly 
born with the kingdom of God within. See Rom. 
U- 17 This shows that he was fully qualified to 
begin the church of Christ here on earth, to preach 

faith, repentance and baptism. Mark 1 shows , tor ui»u ~J"- ™" "e" wiTl hear the language 
that he began the preaching o the Gospel o M""' J^^ himself," Where art thou?" 
Christ. When John was put in prison, Christ of ou text f torn Ood h , ^^ 

ZZTtoZZTZL liaV^oihouses, I took ^ John's place «>£>£*^*Z* ^~M£SV»r neighbor, 'nor do we 
lurches or other places, could be had. The ing they ehould repent, the kingdom ot Leave y ^ ^ ^ ^^ o£ £rl6Qda , 

tvtorlt out hTs disciples two by two. Two was at hand - not some years y* tin ^J^ n \^l mle J th wh9 re we are in sight of one 
minsters at one place are enough to make an in- No; it is at hand. When ^a tong „ •' ^' ^~ I ^^ and it ia of small account wha men 
toesting meeting. Paul told us, " Woe be unto can reach it; it is here now. Bepen : andb- nap ^ ^ q£ . rtan(JB what Qod 

me if I preach ncTt the Gospel." If eight or more tbed for the remission of your sins and enter m. tta^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^^ . fc is of vast im- 
ministers attend one meeting, eome are not d>s- See Matt. 11: 12^ ^^ ^ ^^ ^ ^ | pMhnee wh6re m6n Btand in th6 sight of God. 
oharging their duty. I ^ 






THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



69 



Are wa in communion with our God, or not? 
If oat of communion, we have uo joy or happi- 
ness, but when in full fellowship, what true hap- 
piness and comfort we eu joy ! Now to the question. 
Do not say we are referring to your neighbor. No, 
we are talking direct to yon. To every one who 
may chance to read this, we put the question, 
"Where art thou?" 

This wa3 the first question put to man after the 
fall in Eden. The audience was small. There 
were only Wo persons, — Adam and Eve. But re- 
member, God was the preaoher. Although they 
tried to hide from him, the words came home to 
them, and so, dear reader, let them come home to 
you now! 

We may think our HveB are hid, aud that God 
does not know much about us. He does, however, 
know our lives better than we do. His eye has 
been over us during our entire lifel Yes, from 
childhood, aud he has promised not to forsake us, 
if we are his iu deed and iu truth 

One more thought. If a man is for God, he 
should come out and be on his side, and if he is 
for the world, he should say so, aud thus alio* his 
colors. This idea of ssrving God aud the world 
at the same time, or, iu other words, being on 
both side* at the same time, is a detriment to the 
cause of Christianity, more than any other one 
thing. Hear the words of the Savior. " If any 
man will come after me, lot him deny himself, and 
take up liis cross daily aud follow me." 

North Mancliesier, Ind. 



WHAT IS TO BE DESIRED IN THE 
PRESENT LIFE? 

BY S. T. HARNES. 

" For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, 
nd to be with Christ ; which is far better." —Phil, i : 23. ' 
" Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of 



As a candle, newly lighted, so man, newly con- 
ceived, or born, begins a course which incessantly 
ha3tes to its appointed end. A vain thing, indeed, 
would man be, and so would be his life, were it 
not for the hope of a more enduring life when 
this has passed away. Those hopes, and the 
means for supporting them, do not only distin- 
guish a believer from an infidel, but a man from 
a beast. Paul says, " If in this life only we have 
hope, we are of all men most miserable." 1 Cor. 15: 
19. Paul saw much of what was not only toler- 
able but greatly desirable, both in living and dy- 
ing. For him to live was Christ, that is, to do the 
work and serve the interests of Christ; for him to 
die was gain, for he would then obtain hie reward 
Hie strait was not whether it would be good to 
live or good to depart, because both were good 
but which of the two was most desirable. Tc 
serve Christ in the edification of his church, Paul 
was willing to deny himself and to have his, re 
ward delayed, knowing that the delay of his re 
ward would increase it 

White this present life continues, the will of 
God is fulfilled, that we Bhould stay upon earth 
for aseaaon. The life to come depends upon this 
present life, as the life of adult age depends upon 
infancy and as the reward depends upon the work. 
Heaven is won or lost on earth. The possession 
is there, but the preparation ia here. Christ will 
judge all men in another state, aa their works 
have been in this. "Behold I come quickly and 
my reward is with me to give every man accord- 
ing as his work shall be." Rev. 22: 12. 

All that is ever done for salvation, must be 
done here. It waa on earth that Christ himself 
wrought the work of our redemption, fulfilled all 
righteousness, became our ransom and paid the 
price of our salvation. Here also must we do our 
part The bestowing of the reward is God's work, 



who, we are sure, will never fail. There is no 
room for the least suspicion of his failing iu any 
thing he has promised, but the danger aud fear is 
on our part, in failing to carry out his commands 
and not receiving what God will certainly give to 
all that are worthy to receive it, so that, if we 
will make sure ot heaven, it must be by giving all 
diligeuoe to make our calling and eleotion sure. 

It is a great aud difficult work we have to do ou 
earth. We must be born agaiu or we can not see 
the kingdom of God. Jesus answered, " Verily, 
verily, I say unto thee, except a mau be born of 
water and of the spirit he can not enter into the 
kiugdom of God." John 3: 5. We must be justi- 
fied by faith to be united to Christ, and made 
wise unto salvation, renewed by his spirit and con- 
formed to his likeness, to overcome all the temp- 
tations of the world, the flesh and the devil, to 
perform all our duties towards God aud man, for 
11 with the heart man believeth unto righteous- 
ness and with the mouth confession is made unto 
salvation." Rom. 10: 10. 

We must suffer with Christ that we may reigu 
with him and be faithful not 1 death that we miy re- 
ceive the crown of life. Thus, on earth, must wo 
eo ruu that we may obtain. We must labor to do 
good to many. We havo a greater work to do on 
earth than merely to secure our own salvation. 
We aio entrusted with our Master's talents for 
his service, to do oar best in our places, to propa- 
gate his Truth, to edify his church, honor his 
cause and promote the salvation of as many souls 
aa we cau. All this is to be done on earth if wo 
would secure the fruition of all in heaven. 

All true Christians must seriously mind both 
the end and the means of attaining it. If they 
mind not the end, they will never be faithful in 
the use of the means. If they be not diligent in 
using the means, they will never obtain the end. 

God has dealt mercifully with us, aud we are iu 
a strait between two conditions. It is desirable 
for us to stay longer and jet we have a desire to 
depart and be with Christ, which is far better. If 
our abode on earth b3 so great a mercy as to be 
put into the balance against our immediate pos- 
session of heaven, surely it must be a Btate which 
obliges ns to bo thankful to God's goodness, nor 
should pain, sickness or suffering make this life 
on earth less acceptable while God seeB fit to con- 
tinue it. Paul suffered more from men than we 
have, and yet ho gloried iu his infirmities and re- 
joiced in his tribulations. Ho chose even to live 
yet longer to do the more good. Alas! the strait 
of moat men is between the desire of life for flesh- 
ly interest nnd the fear of death as ending their 
felicity, between a tiring world and body, which 
makes them weary of living, and the dreadful 
prospect of future danger which makes them 
afraid of dying. Whether they live or die they 
fear. There is great misery whether they look be- 
hind or before them, — to this world or tbo nextl 
Fear and trouble is their lot. Even many Chris- 
tians, through the weakness of their trust in God, 
live iu this perplexed strait, — weary of living and 
afraid of dying, — continually pressed between 
grief and fear. Paul's strait was between two 
joys. He hardly knew which of thorn he should 
desire. If that be our case, what should inter- 
rupt our peace or pleasure? If we live, it is for 
Christ,— for his service and to preparo for our 
own and his everlasting glory. No suffering 
should make us impatient with such a work and 
such a life, if we die, it ia our gain. God, who 
appoints us our work, limits our time, and surely 
his glorious reward can never be unseaeonable or 
come too fcoon, if it be the time that he appoints. 
What reason have we to be unwilling, either to 
live or die when God's service has been so sweet 
to ub as to overcome the trouble of constant pains 
or weakness of the flesh. 



There is some trouble in all this work for the 
Lord, from which the soul and flesh would rest. 
"Blessed are the dead which die iu the Lord. 
Yea, saith the spirit, that thoy may rest from 
their labors and their works do follow them." 
Rev. 14: 13. 

80 let us live that we may say, " Christ liveth 
in mo and the life which I now live iu the fleBh, I 
livo by the faith of the Son of God who loved me 
and gave himself for mo." Gal. 2: 20. 

National Military Home, Ohio. 

"HE HAD NO ENEMIES." 

If he had no enemy ho never hal a positive 
opinion upon any loading subject he ever heard 
discussed. He could have had uo ideas about 
religion. He could never arguo upon any topic. 
He oould never fiud fault with anybody or any- 
thing, nor could he hav^i a word of prnisa for any 
peraou or auy object, Ho must have baen con- 
tinually wrapped up in himaolf. He must have 
been all things to all meu, aud nothing positive or 
determined iu hia charter or nature. 

Ho had uo enemies! What earthly use could a 
mau be to the world to live fifty years, aud during 
all that timo make 110 enemies? What an unhappy 
man hemust havo b^eul Ho>v much pleasure he 
must havo missed! Not one enemy to relieve auy 
of the monotony oE life. He ;'novor learned that 
enemies were batter than friends, if you only 
know how to use thorn, and don't have too many. 

The men who think have euemios. The men 
who act have enemies The men who [put their 
impress on an idea havo enemies. No man is 
prominent among his neighbor?, but ho finds 
plenty of onemiea. The mau who leads, no mat- 
ter who or what, has enemies. Enemies are more 
necessary to develop a man's capabilities than 
friends. No man can tell what he cau do until 
he meets resistance, and that resistance comes 
not from friends. It takes the storm to make oaks 
stout aud Btrong, and it takes the sting and back- 
biting of enemies to make a man of grit, aud 
nerve, and force. 

A man may mako onemiea by being dishonest, 
deceitful, and aotiug the hypocrite. Such a man 
is really not entitled to the luxury of owning and 
controlling enemies But the class of enemieB we 
refer to are those created by firmness of purpose, 
by decision of character, by independence of ac- 
tion, and by adherence to the right. Every man 
worthy the name has them, and the man who dies 
and leaves behind one friend who says he does 
uot have them, leaves his memory in unkind hands 
and hearts.— Set. 



CHERISH YOUR FRIENDS. 

Fiuendship is a rare jewel; a lofty attachment; 
far too noble for the average poraon. It is said 
few women are capable of it, perhaps fewer meu. 
David and Jonathau were friends, but David and 
Jonathan were of superior mold; the one the son 
of a king, the other a born king. David laments 
Jonathan with the touching tenderness of a wo- 
man's heart. Some ono says: 

Never cast aside your friends, if by any possi- 
bility you cau retain them. We are the weakest 
of spendthrifts if we letone friend drop off through 
inattention, or let one push away another, or if 
we hold aloof from one for petty jealousy, or heed- 
less slights or roughness. Would yoa throw away 
a diamond because it pricked you? One good 
friend is not weighed againat the jewels of the 
earth. If there is a cooloess or an unkiudnees 
between us, let us come face to face and have it 
out. Quick, before the love grows cold. Life is 
too short to quarrel in, or to carry evil or unkind 
thoughts of friends. 



70 



THE GOSPEL ME8SENGEK. 



Feb. i, 1890. 



DREAMS THAT WERE NOT ALL DREAMS. 

BY A WRITE [I. 

Wondering why one, whom I tendi rly loved, 
and whose judgment I revered so inucb, bad not 
in any way referred to roy pen-work, wbilBt so 
many others bad 6peken of it in woids of praise, 
I fell asleep and dreamed: I received a letter, 
wbicb I carried out to a beautiful grove, and laid 
it on tbe soft, green sword. Presently the sun- 
light glimmered through the leaves overhead, and, 
falling on my letter, it become elaborate] 

rated with flowers, and let! shining gold, 

from wbicb I traced: ''Your essay, entitled ' 

,' iB better than 8. F. M '». Your writings 

please me. You will bo a great writer by and by." 

In a rapture I stood gazing upon this wonderful 
letter, thinking bow to thank tbe author for so 
rioh a token of appreciation, when in an instant it 
was changed into a wooden casket, roughly var- 
nished; then to a log of tbo forest. Again I 
looked, and it had become a dpcayiug mass, and 
the rich decorations weie now insted, clanking 
chains, which grated harshly on my ears. Won- 
dering what it all meant, I put out my baud and 
touched it. At my touch it fell apart, revealing a 
loathsome reptile that had bean concealed within. 
Filled with awe and dread, strangely mingled with 
joy for tbe golden words of praise, I turned in 
baste from tbe place. But the reptile darted after 
me, aud Bprang upon mo, wrapping itself closely 
and heavily about my neck. 

Thrilled with horror, I awoke, to pray the Al- 
mighty Father to deliver me from so dreadful an 
ordeal. Praying, I slept, and again I dreamed: An 
Unseen Presence led me into a narrow path, wbilo 
an Inaudible Voice waa speaking: (i The reptile 
which bung about your neck Las bidden in a crys- 
tal brook. I looked, and before me lay the silvery 
brook. Down on the pebbly bottom lay the hid- 
ing reptile, with others of its kind. They were of 
very brilliant hues, aud the sight would have been 
beautiful, were it not for the inner sensitiveness 
that recoils from the replilo creation. Surely, 
mortul eyes never beheld a scene like this! In 
awe I ssked, " What can it mean? " Tbe uoilo In- 
viaible, yet Awful Presence that led me thither, 
now surrounded me. I felt bis mighty bond rest- 
ing upon my arm, while be spoke in tones so ear- 
nest that bis words seemed to be dropping down 
deep into my soul. "Your first dream," said he, 
" is a representation of tbo fame and glory of tbe 
world. It is beautiful to win and wear, at first, 
but by aud by it bangs upon, the soul as a loath- 
some reptile about the neck. This before you is 
a true representation of reputation gained by the 
praiae of men. It falls from their lips aB orystal 
streams, but in their depths lurk loathsome rep- 
tiles that discharge their poiaou in the soul." 

I awoke with a feeling of awe, mixed with a 
deep, unbounded gratitude. Who and what the 
Interpreter of my dream was, I shall leave for 
yon, my reader, to answer as you choose. He was 
a nobler, holier Being than 1 was wont to associ- 
ate with on earth. You may attribute my expe- 
rience to disordered nerves, an undigested sapper, 
or a hallucination of tbo mind. Bo that as it 
may. Tbe eatne day I received a letter similar to 
tbo letter of my dream. One sentence was nearly 
a perfect quotation of what I had traced from the 
letter of gold; the reBt of it was the same in senti- 
ment. I have prepared no expression of gratitude 
to send to the author. Instead, I take up my pen 
to warn us all against seeking the praise of men. 
We are working for the Lord. When he says, 
"Well done," it IS WELL. But let men be si- 
lent, until he does speak those cheering words. 
Even then we are only "unprofitable servants." 
We should not tell one another that " Your work 



is better than others'," and " By and by you will 
be a great man." God does not judge by what a 
man says, nor by what other men say o/him; but 
by what he IS. One, now gone to the spirit 
world, once said, " I believe praise has plunged 
many a soul into bell that would have been saved 
had the praise been withheld." God knowetb; 
but oh, I pray, let me not be one that perishetb 
through praise! 

PEACE ON EARTH. 

BY B. 0. MOOMAW. 

This grand and beautiful chorus of tbe angels 
from the oloud galleries above the Bethlehem 
bills is one of those entrancing scenes upon which 
every lover of eacred things delights to dwell. 
There is in every pure mind a dear affection for 
those ministeriDg spirits sent forth to minister to 
the heirs of salvation, and a loving memory of ev- 
ery occasion, when, for a brief moment, they came 
and appeared to men, upon some divine mission. 

They had, doubtless, oft visited the world in the 
far- away days when godly Abel and Setb and 
Enoch aud Noah were the Bait of the earth, stay- 
ing, for a time, the fearful tides of iniquity. We 
remember how they came to Abraham and Lot, 
and Jacob, and Job, and how they helped Moses, 
and the chosen people, and Joshua, and David, — 
how they appeared to the prophets, and, later on, 
to Zaeharias and Mary, and to the Bethlehem 
shepherds. 

But throughout the long space of time between 
the oreation of the world, and the advent of the 
Savior, we do not bear any song. During this 
long space of time, when sin and eleatb reigned, 
no angel voice o'er resounded with sweet melody 
where any mortal man could hear. They Bang 
before Bin came, but not again until be came 
whose coming vanquished sin. No heavenly 
chime resounded over the wide waste of woe be- 
tween. Why did they not sing on some of their 
many visits to the world? It was because sin was 
here. Why did they not sing at the giving of tbe 
Law? It was because the Law brought condem- 
nation, for no one could keep the Law. They 
knew it was a Law which it was impossible for 
any one to keep so perfectly that be should es- 
cape sin, for if a man kept the whole Law, and 
failed in one point, he waa guilty of all. The 
Law, therefore, slew men. It could not make 
them alive, Instead of saving the loBt, it sealed 
their doom by convicting them of sin. To keep 
the law in all its literal aud spiritual fullness, is to 

so perfect that even death would have no pow- 
er over either body or soul. At any rate it would 
be a Btate of sinless perfection which would place 
one above the necessity of atonement and salva- 
tion. But the Law could not make the comers 
thereunto perfect, because no one was able to keep 
it without the shadow of turning, hence it became 
the acouser and judge of all men, charging them 
with every jot and tittle of variation from a per- 
feot obedience: 

Here, on the one hand, were God'B demands 
upon men, as set forth in this Law; on the other 
hand was man's weakness and disobedience, 
which, for the most part, was aggravated by being 
a willful disobedience. However, where the dis- 
obedience was not willful, but simply resulted 
from iuability to render a perfect conformity, it 
nevertheless must be fully obarged against the 
delinquent so long as he lived under a dispensa- 
tion where the only merit which God would rec- 
ognize was personal obedience, aside from which 
there was no provision of grace in which the soul 
could take refuge. Hence there was no peace on 
earth,— there was no enmity between God and 
man, but always this controversy between them 
because of transgression. 



Why, then, did the angels sing when Christ 
was born, and why did they sweetly pour forth 
the glad refrain, " Peace on earth " ? It was be- 
cauee one had come who could obey the Law, and 
who would keep it in all its spiritual and compre- 
hensive breadth, for us. He would fully meet the 
demands of that law. He stood before God as 
man's representative. That was exactly his legal 
relation to man. 

Now, a representative aots for hie constituents, 
and his acts become the acts of his constituents. 
They are credited with them. So, as man's rep- 
resentative, Christ fully kept the holy law, and all 
believers in him are accounted as having fully 
kept that law, so that it has no legal claim on any 
of them. Moreover, as he lived for us, he died 
for us, and we, therefore, have died in him to sin 
and to the Law, so that the Law has no more do- 
minion over us. 

In one of the Napoleonic wars a man was draft- 
ed for the army, but hired a substitute. Tbe sub- 
stitute was slain in battle. Again the man was 
drafted, but held that he was dead to the law, hav- 
ing died in his substitute and that, therefore, tbe 
statute bad no claim on him or power over him. 
His plea was taken from court to court, and final- 
ly to Napoleon himself, who sustained it, and 
ordered the defendant to be set free. So we have 
died to the law in the person of our divine sub- 
stitute, who received in his body the extreme pen- 
alty of tbe law, and suffered death for us: else all 
this talk about Christ dying for us is without 
meaning. 

We are now under another law, which is the law 
of grace. Believing in Christ we are endued with 
the Holy Spirit, converting us, and writing the 
law of God in tbe heart, so that, instead of living 
under the constraint of an external command- 
ment, whioh we could not keep, we are living in 
the power of a new life, which springs from with- 
in. His life of perfect holiness is Bet to our ao- 
count so that the righteousness of God, by faith, 
is unto and upon all that believe, and his death is 
set to our account, so that, whether living or dying, 
the claims of the law upon us are forever dis- 
charged. The law of gratitude, L the law of love, 
Btill remains, imposing upon us unending obliga- 
tions, but of Buch a nature that, to discharge 
them, is the highest liberty and the greatest joy. 
And every shortcoming or failure oan be immedi- 
ately repaired, for, though this law is for our edi- 
fication and sanctification, our salvation rests 
upon the perfect work of anotheh, from whiob 
nothing can be subtracted. The inventions of 
men and the misconstructions of Soripture may 
bring us again into spiritual bondage, but not so 
the spirit of Christ, whioh is the true spirit of 
liberty and love. No wonder the angels sang. 
God and man were reconciled, and there would be 
peace on earth. The great chasm between them 
was bridged over by the person of Christ, and as 
angels and men realize this blessed truth, one 
song breaks forth alike from human and celestial 
lips, " Glory to God in the highest, peace on 
earth." 

OBEYING THE LORD. 

BY A. FLORY. 

" I have performed the commandment of the Lord." — I 
am. 15: 13. 

No doubt King Saul thought when he had done 
part of the work that the Lord had told him to do, 
that he would be satisfied with him. Just like 
many people to- day, he thought he had done all 
that was necessary. His design was to worship 
the Lord, but he failed to see the importance of 
obeying God in all things. 

God never accepts a partial service. Thousands 
of people in this age of the world are aB eager as 



Feb. 4, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Saul was. Baal's prophets were extremely eager 
in their devotions. They leaped opon their altars 
and out themselves with knives and lancets till the 
blood gushed out. While they were zealous, yet 
their zeal was not aooording to knowledge, which 
again teaches us that earnestness and numbers 
are no evidence of right. Christ says, "Strait 
is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth 
unto life, and few there be that find it" 

False prophets are, no doubt more numerous 
now than in the days gone by. Christ says, 
" Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord' 
have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy 
name oast out devils, and in thy name done many 
wonderful works ? Then will I profess unto them, 
I never knew you." Matt. 7: 22, 23. This large 
number are all prophets. They have prophesied 
in the name of the Lord. They claim to have 
done the commandments of the Lord when they 
have not. Is it not strange that men will get so 
earnest in their derotione as to leap upon their 
altars, and yet be wrong? Just so it is now, 
and so it will also be on the day of the final judg- 
ment. Why is this? It is simply because peo- 
ple are not willing to receive the Truth in the 
love of it, and for this cause God will send them 
strong delusions, to believe a lie. All over this 
broad land of ours there are thousands and, per- 
haps, millions of people that say and, possibly, 
believe they have done all of Christ's commands, 
when they have done only a part of them. 

Meyerhoeffer's Store, Va, 



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HUMAN SYMPATHY. 

BY SARAH M. SAUNDERS. 

The value of anything is generally determined 
by the supply and demand in market, and the 
same may be said of human sympathy. Where 
persons pass along through life with a feeling of 
disregard for the sorrows and the trials of their 
fellow-beings, they do not require nor feel any 
particular need of sympathy for themselves. 
There are those who oherish a cold, heartless dis- 
position even toward those who, according to the 
natural order of things, are entitled to their 
warmest sympathy and confiding love, discourag- 
ing even the faintest attempt at sociability, repel- 
ling even the slightest approaoh to congeniality. 
Not only does this selfish, churlish disposition 
orop out between neighbors and friends, but it 
even invades families and alienates and estranges 
parents and ohildren, husband and wife. 

This disposition accomplishes the greatest mis- 
chief where two persons are wedded, and the hus- 
band begins to place restrictions on the rights and 
liberties of the wife, providing for her wants and 
needs grudgingly aud penurionsly, keeping ac- 
count of all for which she asks him. When she 
thoughtlessly informs him of some little purchase 
or benevolent enterprise which she may have en- 
tered into, she is scowled upon, or reprimanded 
for wastefulness, and is cautioned against a repe- 
tition of her misdemeanor. It will not be very 
long before she will learn to keep her own coun- 
sel, and if she is inclined to be a dntifal, obedient, 
faithful wife, all her high and noble aspirations' 
are blasted, her air-castles concerning connubial 
bliss are shattered, and the fragments of disap- 
pointed hops and a blasted life are all that is left. 
Alas, when it is too late to profit by the knowledge 
gained, we see the faithful help-mate Bit down to 
sad reflections: 

" Take up the thread of life again, 
Saying only ' it might have been.' " 

If on the other hand, husband and wife prove to 
be of corresponding temperaments, and each con- 
fides his or her plans of operations to the other, 



them, the inevitable resnlt will be union aud har- 
mony. Happiness and peaoe will attend their way. 

In the hour of earth's blighting sorrows and 
sad bereavements, how natural it seems to seek 
for some one to whom we may confide our sor- 
rows,— one who will sympathize with us, even if 
that sympathy is only to "weep with us." How 
it relieves the burdened soul to confess our faults 
to those who oan appreciate our feelings, and lift 
our tear- stained eyes to those who themselves oan 
only shed the tear of sympathy and fraternal 
love, when their hearts are " too full for utter- 
ance." 

A lady once Baid to me, " It seems to me that 
words of sympathy or appreciation go so far with 
yon." The only answer I could give was, "I ap- 
preciate them beoause they have been so few and 
far between, along my life's dark journey." 

Landess, Ind. 



THE GOLDEN RULE. 

BY MABY E. ARNOLD. 



This is a rule whioh is unobserved by many and 
observed by few with the proper integrity and 
good faith. 

This rule,— to do unto others as you wish them 
to do to you— is, in the first place, a total destruc- 
tion of all selfishness; for people that love them- 
selves better than their neighbors oan never do 
unto others as the Lord would have them do. We 
must feel towards others as we would have others 
feel toward us. Remember, it is much easier to 
■eprove sin in others than to overcome tempta- 
tions when they assail us. A man may be perfect- 
ly honest, and yet very Belfish, but the eommaud 
implies something more than mere honesty,— it 
requires charity as well as integrity. We have to 
undergo a good many things to follow the " gold- 
en rule," but if we oan give up and follow it, it 
will be to our eternal welfare. 

The meaning of this command is f nlly explained 
in the Bible in the parable of the Good Samari- 
tan. The Levite who passed by the man without 
offering him any assistance, may have been a man 
of great honesty; likewise the priest that came 
that way. Last of all, the good Samaritan came 
that way and gave him assistance, bound up his 
wounds and took him, upon his own beast to the 
inn. That showed he would do as he would be 
be done by. 

I think we should all try and follow that rule. 
Though we fail occasionally, that is no reason to 
quit trying. We may still hope for the better. 

Looking back over our puBt life, we can see 
maDy acts of unkindneBS. Seeing our many fail- 
ures, we think sometimes that it is not worth 
while to try any further, but we should not be 
discouraged, but try again to follow the precept 
laid down for our guidance,— the "golden rule." 
Somerset, Ind, 



STOP AND THINK. 



Our pathway in life is beset with many dangers 
and sorrows, yet, amid those sorrows, if we but 
stop and think of what Christ has done for us, our 
sorrow is turned to joy. Many times, in the his- 
tory of our lives, the dark waves of adversity ob- 
scure our spiritual sky. We are almost ready to 
give over the battle, but, as we remember the good- 
ness of God toward humanity, the clouds disperse 
and the sun breaks forth with all his grandeur, 
lighting up our path-way, and we are better pre- 
pared to fight life's battles than before. 

Fathers and mothers, when you meet with dis- 
appointments, do not sit down before your chil 



and complain, for in this way jou make those 
around you feel sad, but, instead, stop aud think 
of the time when there will be no disappointments 
to mar your peace-when the wioked 6 hall cease 
from troubling, and the weary be at rest! 

Sinner, we say to you, Stop and think! God, in 
his meroy, has Bpared your life through all these 
years, and what have you done for him in return? 
Christ stsnds knocking at the door of yonr heart 
for admission. He is the way of entrance into 
spiritual life, into the church, aud into heaven. 
He says, " Him that oometh to me, I will in no wise 
oast out." John 6: 37. Enter the door while yon 
are young, for the promise is, " Those that seek 
me early, shall find me." Remember, the door is 
open now. Soon the door will be shut; theu there 
will be a sad, solemn time. Jesus, at the last, will 
refuse to receive those who have refused him. 

How terrible it will be for the soul to be home- 
less forever, and unsheltered from the storms of 
eternity I If this door is shut against you, no oth- 
er will be open to receive you. Theu you will 
vainly ory, " Lord, Lord, opeu unto us," but the 
answer will be, " Depart from me; I never knew 
you." Then, oh, the horror that must soizo the 
soul, as it is forever driven from that peaceful 
kingdom to the deepest shades of night, where 
there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth! 

To the professor of religion we say, Stop and 
think. If you have been boasting of your good 
deede, and have been finding fault with others 
that are, perhaps, weaker than you are, just stop 
and think. Perhaps they may be almost over- 
whelmed by the oares of the world, and your re- 
marks may cause them to sink dowu and bo loat. 
If you had fanned the one spark that remained, it 
might have become a b right flame, casting its light 
to a distance, so that others, scoing it, might turn 
to glorify God. Kind deede aud kind notions go 
farther toward saving mankind than all the boast- 
ing of our good deeds. Let us remembor there is 
an Eye that never sleeps, that is beholding our 
aotions, and we will be rewarded according to the 
deeds done in the body. 

We say to the young man, Stop and think. As 
you emerge into manhood, thore will be tempta- 
tions innumerable along the pathway of life, to 
lead you from the path of rectitude and right. As 
you go out into the world, be carefnl what kind of 
company you keep. Right here is a turning-point 
in your life. Life may bBcorno a bane or a bless- 
ing, just as you make it, When you are out with 
associates, and are tempted to use tobacco, or en- 
gage in other evil, have the moral courage to say, 
No, sir. Let the world know that you need not 
participate in those things that are of a degrading 
nature. Above all, if you shonld be tempted to 
drink of the intoxioating cup, beware, for there 
liea hidden the fiery-eyed serpent that is ready to 
fasten its deadly fangs in yonr inmost soul. Poi- 
soning the very life of the innooent victims, it 
will drag them down to a drunkard's hell. 
Pioneer, Ohio. 



Family Life. — Home is sometimes thought flat 
and dull, and too often made so, just for the want 
of recognizing whut it stands for. The relations 
of life that go to form the household are the 
source not only of life's richest joys and most sa- 
cred memories, but also of some of the finest and 
noblest characteristics of inaD. The love, the fi- 
delity, the forbearance, the self.sacriHoe that are 
nourished by family life are among the richest 
possessions of humanity. It can never become 
wearisome or commonplace, except to those who 
fail to comprehend its meaning or refuse to aot in 
harmony with it. — Set 



7e°> T °P eratl0u8 » the other, appointments, do not sit down before your chil- "Give unti 

ana nude a mutual sympathy existing between I dren with a sad countenance and a heavy heart ! don't feol it" 



" Give until you feel it, and then give until you 



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THE GOB PEL MEBBE'NGBK. 



Feb. 4, 1890. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 

fs the recognized organ of the German Baplistor Breth- 
ren's church, and advocates the form of doctrine taught in 
the New Testament and pleads for a return to apostolic and 
primitive Christianity. 

It recognizes the New Testament as the only infallible rule 
of faith and practice, and maintains that Faith toward God, 
Repentance from dead works, Regeneration of the heart and 
mind, baptism by Trine Immersion for remission of tins unto 
the reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying en of hands, 
are the means of adoption Into the household of God, — the 
church militant. 

It also maintains that Feet-washing, as taught in John 13, 
both by example and command of Jesus, should be observed 
in the church. 

That the Lord's Supper, Instituted by Christ and as univer- 
sally observed by the apostles and the early Christians, Is a 
full meal, and, in connection with the Communion, should 
be taken In the evening or after the close of the day. 

That the Salutation of the Holy Kiss, or Kiss of Charity, 
is binding upon the followers of Christ. 

That War and Retaliation are contrary to the spirit and 
self-denying principles of the religion of Jesus Christ. 

That the principle of Plain Dressing and of Nonconform- 
ity lo the world, as taught In the New Testament, should be 
observed by the followers of Christ. 

That the Scriptural duty of Anointing the Sick with Oil, 
In the Name of the Lord, James 5: 14, is binding upon all 
Christians. 

It also advocates the church's duty lo support Missionary 
and Tract Work, thus giving to the Lord for the spread of 
the Gospel and for the conversion of sinners. 

In short, it Is a vindicator of all that Christ and the apos- 
tles have enjoined upon us, and alius, amid the conflicting 
theories and discords of modt-rn Christendom, to point out 
ground that all must concede to he infallibly safe. 



Mount Morris, 111., 



Feb. 4, 1 



Bro. Jobn Metzqer writes us that himeelf and 
wife are living in their own hired rooms in hot 
Angeles, Cal., and keeping boues on a small scale. 
They are well pleased with what they have seen 
of the country. They both have good health and 
enjoy the fine climate of Southern California 
Bro. John is holding meetings in Los Angelea, 



One more was recently baptized in the church 
a', Philadelphia 

" Not to enjoy life, but to employ life, ought to 
be our aim and inspiration." 

"Men are won, not so much by being blamed as 
by being encompassed with love." 



" Who dare deBpise the day of small thing3 if 
it has proved io be the dawn of mighty ones? " 



The address of Bro. John P. Bailey has been 
changed from Urbana, Champaign Co., III., to 
Bolivar, Polk Co, 111. 



"If we would have God hear what we say to 
him by prayers, we must be ready to hear what ho 
Baith to us by his Word." 



Buo W. B. Sell has been laboring in the mis- 
sion lie Id at Darlington, Mo, under the auspices 
of the District Missionary Committee. 



It is said that Cruikshank, the English artist, 
offered a reward of 100 pounds, or 500 dollars, for 
proof of a violent crime commilt-jd by a total ab- 
stainer from intoxicants and, although this offer 
wa9 made inaDy years ago, it remains unclaimed 
to this day. 

" Men in the dark ages searched in vain for the 
'philosopher's atone,' whose touch would change 
anything to gold. The promises of God are bet- 
ter than a 'philosopher's stone' to the Christian, 
for thoy transform the darkest afflictions into the 
brightest blessings." 



Bro. John Heckman, of Sabetha, Kana., paid 
us a pleasant visit last week. Bro. John made his 
home here four years, attending school, and he 
enjoyed visiting old friends. He is doing active 
service in the ministry in the church at Sabetha. 
Daring his stay here he preached for ns. 



Oar abiding belief is, that just as the work- 
1 in the tunnel of St. Gothard, working from 
either end, meet at last to shake hands in the very 
central root of the mountain, so students of nature 
and Christianity will yet join hands in the unity 
of reason and faith, in the heart of their deepest 
mysteries." 

" Let us serve God in the sunshine while he 
makes the Bun shine. We shall then serve him 
all the better in the dark when he sends tho dark- 
ness. The darkness is sure to come. Only let 
our light be God's light, and oar darkness God's 
darkness, and we shall be eafe at home when the 
great nightfall oomes." 

Under date of Jan. 22 Bro. J. C. Lahman writes 
from Medical Lake, Washington, as follows: " Out- 
work has been much hindered, owing to snow and 
blockade. Bro. Price is up at Mondovi this week, 
while wife and myself are trying to recruit from 
the effects of Russian influenza, which has become 
very common and of a serious character in some 
instances. We hope to meet on Saturday, the 
25th, at Spokane for love-feast and, perhaps, or- 
ganization. 

Bro. J. M, Mohler closed his meetings at Yel- 
low Greek, Stephenson Co., Ill, Jan. 26. Two 
wero added to the church by baptism. He reached 
Mt. Morris on the 27th inst., ond commenced 
preaching at the Silver Creek meoting-houee, four 
and one-half miles north-east of this place, the ev- 
ening of the same day. Tho meetings will con- 
tinue several weeks and we hope much good may 
result from the efforts thus put forth to build up 
tho caueo of OhriBt on the earth. 



" Our devotion to material pursuits will ruin us 
unless we consecrate the results of them to God 
in some form of benevolence. Growing rich will 
injure no one, if he be rich in faith, and be care- 
ful to honor the Lord with the substance which 
he recognizes as a gift, in the first place, from 
him. It is the selfish spirit that spoils and de- 
stroys." 

Bro. D. L. Miller, for the last few days, has 
been suffering from a severe attack of sore throat, 
which iB oonfining him to the house and prevent- 
ing him, to some extent, from attending to his edi- 
torial duties. An attack of influenza, about two 
weeks ago, seemed to produce an affection of the 
throat, which had nearly passed away, when a re- 
lapse occurred, producing that form of the disease 
from which he is now suffering. We know that 
our readers will join with ns in prayer to God for 
the speedy recovery of Bro. Miller. — p. 

Our Danish and Swedish brethren have made 
a number of appeals to the General Missionary 
Committee to have Bro. Hope return to them 
agaiD. In view of the fact that this demand seems 
to be very general, and, further, that Bro. Hope's 
return to them would, doubtless, more fully con- 
firm them in the faith of the Gospel and be help- 
ful to them in many ways, the General Commit- 
tee are now trying to arrange to have Bro. Hope 
spend some time with the churohes in Europe. 
He will not be able to go for some time as he 
will have to arrange his business affairs and also 
to leave his family, who will remain in America 
during his absence. 



"Travelers tell us of a tree in tropical coun- 
tries, the inner parts of which are sometimes eat- 
en out by ants, while tho bark and leaves remain, 
apparently, as fresh as ever; and it is not until 
the tornado comes and sweeps it down that its 
weakness is discovered. But the storm did not 
make the tree weak, it only revealed how weak it 
was, and its feebleness was the result of the gnaw- 
ing of the insects through a long course of time. 
In like manner, if we let our characters be honey- 
combed by constant neglect of common duty, or 
by indulgence in secret sins, or by habitual yield- 
ing to some temptation, we can not expect any- 
thing else than rain when the testing hour shall 
come, for " the fire shall try every man's work of 
what sort it is." 

Our readers may not generally know that, as a 
result of scientific investigation, carried on by em- 
inent physicians and others, fully competent for 
the work, the Emperor Napoleon, in 1862, prohib- 
ited the urae of tobacco in the government schools 
of France. Later investigation in the same coun- 
try have fully established the fact that physical 
and mental weakness follow the use of tobacco by 
boys and that the younger the boys the woree the 
effects. Germany has partly followed in the same 
line. In this country Congress has forbidden the 
use of tobacco among the cadets in the Naval 
Academy at Annapolis. This order was based 
purely on the ground of the injurious effects of 
tobacco upon the mental and the physical powers 
of growing boys. New Jersey, Massachusetts and 
Illinois and some other States and territories have 
passed laws forbidding the sale of tobacco to boys 
under sixteen years of age. In the face of these 
telling facts we sometimes get letters, containing 
the information that the Messenger has too much 
to say against the use of tobacco, and some have 
even gone so far as to ask us to discontinue the 
paper, because of the strong position it takes 
against the use of tobacco, but these things do not 
deter us. The use of tobacco is an evil and this 
fact is coming to be recognized, not only by the 
church but by the governments of the world. 



I 



Feb. i, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



73 



Blto. D. B. Gibson, after recovering from a se- 
vere attack of inilaenz*, is ag^io engaged in evan- 
gelistic labors, Jau. 24 he was in the midst of a 
series of meetings at Shideler, Ind. Three hod 
made the good confession and the meetings were 
to continno a week longer. 



A brother inquires as to the place where our 
next Annual Heating is to he held. The place se- 
lected, as has been stated a number of times in 
the Messenger, is Pertle Springs, "Warrensburg, 
Mo, eixty-eigbt miles ensfc of Kansas City, on the 
Missouri and Pacific railroad. 

Bro. S. H. Utz, of New Market, Md-, Rends us 
the- following good news on a postal card. " Bro. 
S. N. McCann preached in the Brush Creek 
church, Frederick Co, Md., from Dec. 28 to Jen. 
19. The meetings were largely attended and the 
interest was good. Eight were brought to Christ 
and the brethren and sisters rejoiced to gee their 
children enter the fold. Several more are to bo 
baptized in the near future. 



"We have before us a copy of a tLirty-two page 
pamphlet with the somewhat lengthy title of 
" The Advocate of the Doctrine of Christ as be- 
lieved by the Ancient Brethren and Primitive 
Dnnkards." This now aspirant for favor in the 
field of religious journalism is to be published 
monthly at Carthage, Mo. The name of the pub- 
lisher or editor is not given, but it is stated tbat 
those who desire to subscribe may address John 
Wampler, Carthage, Mo. It is presumed that 
John Wampler aud J, Hershey are editors. In 
an editorial thefollowingstatsmenfcismade: "The 
editor will be governed entirely by the counsels 
of the members of Primitive Dnnker Brethren 
church." So it Eeems that our Old Order Breth- 
ren who withdrew from the church a few years 
ago, are not united among themselves, but have 
already divided and the new Primitive church is 
an outgrowth of that division. The Advocate is 
to be the paper of the new organization and will, 
doubtless, take the place of the Vindicator among 
them. The process of disintegration thus mani- 
fests itself among those who went out under tho 
Old Order movement. Can they hope for any 
other fate than the one that is apparent to every 
thoughtful observer, — some years of troublous ex- 
istence? The older members, one by one, are 
passing away, and, finally, the end of tho organiza- 
tion, for which some good, honest-hearted breth- 
ren labored honestly and conscientiously, will 
come. What a waste of precious time and energy ! 



QUERISTS' DEPARTMENT. 

Anonymous Queries, —Twofold more the Child of 
Hell. — Receiving" Accusations against Elders. — 
"Some Men's Sins are open Beforehand,"— Women 
Speaking in Public. 

Note. — M. A. K,, J. J., a sister, and a number 
of anonymous querists are respectfully informed 
that all queries must have the full name of the 
writer signed to them, otherwise they will go into 
the waste-basket. It is not necessary that the 
name of the querist should be published, but we 
must have it as an evidence of the good faith of 
the writer. 

i. In Matt. 23: 15, the Savior, speaking lo the scribes and 
Pharisees, says: " Ye compass sea and land to make one pros- 
elyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the 
child of hell than yourselves." In what respect was the pros- 
elyte twofold worse than the scribes and Pharisees? 

Ana. — The Pharisees had some little regard for 
the spirit of the Law and had not lost all moral- 
ity. They were wicked and corrupt but had not 
gone to the lowest depths of depravity. " A child 
of hell," a Hebrew phrase, signifies great wick- 



edness, The proselytes were called by tho Jo 

1 -is -scabs of Israel/ 1 
converted to Judaism but were wholly di 
and became worse than the be neelves, 

"twice ns bad." Justin Martyr says: "The pros- 
elytesdid not only disbelieve Christ^ d 
but were abundantly more blasphemous against 
him than the Jews themselves, endeavoring to tor- 
ment and cut off the Christians when,, 
could; they being in this the instruments of tho 
acribes and Pharieca." The wicked n< is 
house of Herod is a striking illustration of what 
the proselytes were; in them were ble 
darkest phases of paganism with the darkest ele- 
ments of Judaism, and it developed especially in 
the character of Herod the Great, one of tho most 
wicked, cruel, depraved monsters known to his 
tory. Tho wretched Pop fee a, she who | ! 

incited Nero to the terrible cruelties visited up 
the Christians during his reign, was a proselyte 
to Judaism. How true are the words of the Sav- 
ior, " Ye make him twofold more tho child of hell 
than yourselves. 

2. Please explain through the MessbNGBJ what 1 n 
in 1 Tim. 5: 19 Must the accusation he made by t\ 
three witnesses, or does it mean that an accusation shall not 
be received except in the presence of two or three wilnessei 
J. 11. Pe< k, 

The Scripture, referred to in the above query, 
reads as follows: "Against an elder receive not an 
acousation, but before two or threo witnesses.' 
Under the Jewish Law two or three witnesses 
were required to convict a nian charged with a 
crime. Deut. 17: 6; Heb. 10: 28. Our Lord also 
refers to the necessity of having two or three wit 
nesses so that " every word may be established.' 
Under tho lioman government a citizen might be 
condemned by a single witness, but nn officer of 
high degree, as a senator, could only bo accused 
by two or three witnesses. In the foregoing pas- 
sage of Scripture the meaning seems to be that 
Timothy was to receive no complaint against an 
elder unless two or three witnesses were ready to 
testify to tho truth of the charge. Wilson gives 
the following rendering of tho passage, which 
makes the meaning plainer. "Against an elder 
receive not an accusation in any case without two 
or three witnesses." This shores clearly that the 
meaning is not that the accusation must be made 
in the presence of, but by, two or threo witneesee. 
The apostle would say, be very cautious about re- 
ceiving a report or a charge against an elder 
whose business it is to watch over the flock and 
to preach to, and help to correct tho vices of, oth- 
ers. In faithfully discharging his duties ho go i a 

the ill-will uf fcOine one, wilv [.::> i,'0: .1 ny ■.;■ il m 

evil doing, and Bach an ono might, through an im- 
pure motive, bring a complaint against th 
In such a case the accusation is not to bo accept- 
ed or received vmless two or three witnesses are 
ready to testify to the truth of the charge, other- 
wise the complaint is not to be received, and the 
elder is to be held clear of blame. Malthies says, 
"It might easily happen in a church eo large and 
mixed as the Ephetian, that one or another, from 
wounded feelings of honor, from mere partisan- 
ship, or some selfish motive, would seek to injure 
a presbyter and drag him down from his influen- 
tial position; and against this the precept of the 
apostlo was the best safeguard." The elders had 
this safeguard thrown around them becausa their 
reputation was worth much to tho church, and 
they were not to be lightly complained of. The 
apostle further illustrates the esteem in which the 
elders were to be held in 1 Tim. 5: 1, "Bebnko 



not an elder, but entreat him as a father;" and 
□ verse 17, "Let the elders who rule well 
be counted worthy of double honor, especially 
they who labor in word and dootrine." 
Dear Editor;— 

3. Please explain i Tim. 5: ,\[ and 25 which reads as fol- 
lows: "Some men's sins are open beforehand, going to judg- 
ment; and some meiithty follow after. Likewise the good 
are manifest beforehand; nnd they that are oth- 
(visecan not be hid." M. Meybrs. 

The apostlo, in the foregoing passage of Script- 
ure, draws a contrast between the particular evil 
if ;-omo men and tho good deeds of others, 
aud, in considering this Scripture, we should keep 
this idea in mind. In tho preceding verses the 
duties and qualifications of elders have, to Borne 
extent, been referred to, and some commentators 
would conlino this declaration to tho general sub- 
ject which was under consideration; but it seems 
to us that this narrows the meaning too inuoh and 
that it is to bo considered general in its applica- 
tion. 

There are men whose sius are open and known 
to all. They make no effort to cover up or hide 
their evil deeds. Thoy are open Jo tho eyes of all 
aud go before to judgment, even as an evil report 
will outrun a man. Of such a man a judgment is 
easily formed, bat thero are others who hide their 
Bins, hypocrites, who appear what they are not. 
Their sice are firtit known when they are brought 
out by the judgment. It does not seem that a 
moral tribunal is meant here, but that the day of 
final accouuts ia referred to, the day toward whioh 
all evil deeds and good works proceed, — " some 
before their poseesBois, others after them; some 
before tho eyes of the world, others hidden from 
men, until, at the last judgment, whether known 
before or not, they are brought f ally into the 
light." 

"Likewise the good works." The apostle now 
applies what he said about sins to good works. 
The good works of some mon are apparent to all, 
they are known and read of all men, and yet their 
good deeds may not all bo made manifest. There 
are those who live in obscurity; they ure diffident 
and never appear prominently before the public, 
and yet they are full of good works. They are 
like the poor girl who gave $100, all her savings, 
tofeodthestarviugin Irelaud, who, when asked for 
her name so that it might bo published with oth- 
ers in the papers, said, " No need of that; the 
Lord will know." Such deeds can not be hid, 
they will be made manifest, and, doubtless, many 
whom wo do not now regard as engaged in many 
good works will be among those who will ask, 
" Lord, when saw we thee sick and in prison and 
ministered unto thee?" and the answer will be, 
"Inasmuch as ye did it unto the least of these, ye 
did it uuto me." The good deeds done in this 
life, even to the giving a cup of cold water to a 
disciple in the name of a disciple, will all be made 
manifest in the day of the Lord. 

4 Bro. Ira G- Gripe, of Oerro Gordo, III, asks 
for an explanation of 1 Tim. 2: 11, 12. This query 
involves the question as to whether it is right for 
a sister to speak in public, A short time before 
his death, our beloved, brother, JameB Quinter, 
considered this question at considerable length in 
the Messengeb. He gave much time to a thor- 

gh and careful study of the subject. His arti- 
cle was published in the Messenger at that time 
and has been reprinted once. We refer our que-; 
rt&t to Bro. Qainter's article as a very full, com- 
plete and eminently fair consideration of the 
right of women to speak in public. 



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I H Is G OH V EL MESHENGEIi. 



Missionary and Tract Work Department, 



tal/i. wxl not according «* "»"< >>e I»ath noi." 



Organization of Missionary Committee. 



Daniel Vaniman, Foreman, 
D. L. Miller, Secretary mid Tra 
G. B. Rover, Assistant Sccrctar; 



Vlrdcn, III. 
Ml. Morris, III. 
Mt. Morris, III. 



Organization of Book and Tract Work, 



3. W. Hoover, Foreman, 
S. Bock, Secretary and Tic; 



Day Ion, Ohio. 
Dayton, Ohio. 



£gr All donations Intended for Missionary "Work should be 
eenl to D- L. Miller, Ml. Morris, 111. 

B3P" All money for Tract Work should he sent to S. Bock, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

J2T" Money may be sent by Money Order, Registered Let- 
ter, or Drafts on New York or Chicago. Do not send person- 
al checks, or drafts on interior towns, ns it costs 35 cents to 
soiled them. 

£3?- Solicitors are requested to faithfully carry out the plan 
of Annual Meeting, that all our members be solicited to con- 
tribute al least twice n year for the Mission and Tract Work of 
the Church. 

gy Notes for the Endowment Fund can be had by writing 
to the Secretary of cither Work. 

" The talent of success is nothing more than 
doing what you oau do well, without a thought of 
fame." 

"Don't live a single hour iu your life without 
doing exactly what ought to be dooe in ifc, and go- 
ing straight through it from beginning to end." 

The grace of hearing is as all-important to the 
pulpit 
lointed 



pewi 
Ano 



5 grace of hearing is as all-important to the 

1 the grace of speaking is to the pulpif. 

11 ted ears are as necessary as ntimnterl 



As a cheap and ever ready circulating medium, 
the "Tract Work" is rapidly becoming a power 
for the dissemination of sound practical Bible 
doctrine. — h. 

"Ddtv is ours; results are God's. We are 
not sharp-sighted enough either to see how much 
good we may be doing when we undertake to do 
auv good tiling." 



" TnE human race is divided into t 
those who go rtheid and do something and those 
whn sil Bjill and inquire, 'Why wasn't it done 
tie olhi-i wa_\ ? '" 

'HE who ■ iugh life without making 

eome oui? batter, and tewing an inflneno^ for good 
Borne where, has mvl-> a tearful mistake, tie has 
spoiled God's pliii regarding himself; ho has 
robbed the world of good that the Lord meant it 
Bhould have." 

"LET him who gropes painfully in darkness or 
uncertain light, and prays vehemently that the 
dawn may ripen into day, lay this precept well to 
heart— ' Dj tho duty which lies nearest to thee, 
which thon kaoweat to be a duty;* thy Becond duty 
will have already become clearer." 

Golden Gleams or Lioht op Life. —The sale 
of this beautiful " wall ornament and comprehen- 
sive fnmily instructor," Btill continues. A new edi- 
tion will soon be printed, as lees than one hundred 
copies of the seo.iud thousand of it yet remain un- 
sold. Every family should have a copy of it— h. 



'■ Life never soeuis so clear and easy, as wheu 

rt ie beating faster a*; the sight of some 

generous, self ricking deed. We feel no doabt 

tf is tho highest prize the soul can win, 

and almost believe it in oar p3wer t) attatu it" 

" A MEMBER of one of the struggling Protectant 

of P iris said to a frieud: ' It is a rule of 

our oh arch that when one brother in converted, he 

and bri ; another brother; and when a 

. is 1 r is onverl I, sh^ must go and briug auotber 

1 1 Th '.'■ ib the way one hundred and fifty of 

been brought from fttheistn aud popery, 

to a simple faith in the Lord Jean? Christ" 

Good Sermons. — " Certain great preachers, 
whose pulpit efforts are like spontaneous bursts of 
sacred eloquence, moving masses of people as the 
sop, is moved by the tempest, have been repeating 
and thinking, and praying over those discourses 
forty yeare. No one can devote too much, study 
to a sermon. There iB enough substance iu one 
groat Gospel theme to occupy and interest a great 
soul for half a century, and then its wealth will not 

: 1 -VI! Out" 

A Request to Our Wjuters.— The Tract Work 
is in need of more mauuscript on doctrinal and 
liv !, practical topics for tracts. "We have a 
good supply of pamphlet siz^, bat should have a 
I ■:-. increase!", both the number aad variety of 
two tofour-page tracts, that arc cheap, and will be 
well adapted t • general circulation. All should 
be ready to come before the Examining Commit- 
ter, which will, probably, as heretofore, convene 
the week previous to Annual Meeting. — h. 

Let every one give as ike Lord has prospered 
him, is as much a part of the " all things " com- 
manded, in the New Testament Scriptures, as to 
exercise love and faith. Lt is even more danger- 
ous aud subversive to the Christian life and vitali- 
ty, to withhold the Lord's share of our means and 
energies from his cause, than to trust in a little 
faith to save us. A little faith will not save a 
person, any more tbau apart, only, of what be- 
longed to the Lord, when given to him by Anan- 
ias and Sappbirn, was considered to be a fail re- 
turn. In this they were not honest with the Lord, 
and it was death to them. In like manner is it 
death to withhold from him his own now. In the 
absence of works, faith is dead. It is unproduc- 
tive, powerless to beuefit, hence no manifestation 
of either life or growth. One must rise higher 
aud higher iu Christian life and holiness— works 
multiplied, — ascend from one degree to another, 
from faith to faith. — H 

CHRISTIAN UNION. 
nY j. l. switzer. 

'Now let me say in conclusion," said a certain 
speaker, "I am strongly in favor of Christian un- 
ion." 

So am I. I love the idea. It is near and dear 
to my heart. For it I p.ray, and labor and strive. 
It is God-like. It is Christ-like. Its waye are 
ways of pleasantness. It has the prayer and pri- 
mal sanction of our Savior to sustain ifc; and 
would to God that we might all, with one mind 
and one spirit, strive together for the faith of the 
Gospel, that we might all be one, even as the Sav- 
ior and his Father are one. 

I love that beautiful hymn, 



All this is beautiful and dear to my soul, yet, 
a lover of yoar souls, there is one principle that I 
must warn you against. 



If >ou take knowledge from Borne, you will be 
a Roman ff you follow the Koran, you will be a 
Mohammedan. If you follow the Book of Mor- 
moo,.yon will be a Latter Day Saint If you be- 
lieve th a waitings of Emmanuel Swedenborg, you. 
will believe that the resurrection is past already. 

If yon follow men yoa may ba eure that each 
will bring forth after his kind, and as there are 
"Many moo of raaay minds" so there will be 
many Christians (?) of different kinds; but if you 
follow Christ you will be Christ-like, and men 
will take knowledge of you that you have been 
with Jesu=. You will be his living epistle, known 
aud read of all, and they will be led to glorify. 
God. 

Remember, then, the false ways are with men.. 
Many of them are manufactured by steam and 
sent broadcast all over the land. Solomon says,, 
"I hate every false way." Christian union is a. 
union of Christians. It do93 not mean to agree to 
disagree. The devil would unite with Christ on 
such terms as that. Neither does it require that 
all should subscribe to the views of any one man 
or any eet of men, but it does require that all 
should subscribe to, and endeavor to obey, the re- 
vealed will of God. 

The grand, first fundamental principle of Chris- 
tian union, therefore, is to determine what God's 
Word teaches. Any sincere effort in thiB direc- 
tion should be seconded and hailed with delight 
by all God's people. 

" I am always willing to give np an error for a 
truth," said Bro. Samuel Stump, " and will think 
I have made a very good bargain." 

"Every denomination is, either aetively or pas- 
sively, accusing every other denomination of be- 
ing false teachers," said a certain infidel. 

" I believe that each one should determine the 
truth for himself," says the Congregationalist. 

"I look to the Episcopacy," says another; "and 
I to the Presbytery," saya another. 

Gentlemen, you are all in a certain sense right. 
Tou may all be wrong. Paul would have you fol- 
low him only as he followed Christ The Savior 
would have you to take his yoke upon you and 
learn of him. He would have you to searoh the 
Scriptures. Ho would have you work in his 
vineyard, he would have you to know the Truth, 
obey the Truth, know what the Truth is, and be 
sanctified by the Truth: Having attained this 
degree in the Christian College, " Christian 
union" vanishes away into thin air and passes, as 
a phautoni, entirely out oc sight. But it has be- 
oome a spiritual verity. It has cemented Chris- 
tians by inviting them to Christ. A body is formed 
of which Christian union has become the soul, and 
Christ the bead. Such is the Bible idea of Chris- 
tian union 

Monmouth, Kans. 

WAYS 

BY. 0, D HILTON. 

Some v/ays are wrong. "There is a way that 
seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof 
are tho ways of death." "Thus saith the Lord, 
Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the 
old paths, where is the good way, and walk there- 
in," etc. Jer. 6; 16. 

We learn from the prophet that there are ways 
and there is a 1 good way. "lam the way," says 
Jesus. Therefore we conclude there is no other 
safe way. He tells us to repeat, aud again, "He 
that believeth and is baptized shall be Baved." 

The way to repent and believe, we claim, is eae- 
ily understood; but there are so many ways to be 
baptized. Jesus says, "Baptizing them in the 
name of the Father, and of the Son and of the 
Holy Ghost." When we immerse a candidate in 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



75 



the name of the Father, then in the name of tin 
Son, and then in the name of the Holy GhoBt, we 
know that we have complied with the commission 
of Jesus. But if we only immerse once in the 
above names, we can only say we think it is suffi- 
cient. 

Again, " The Way " says, " If I then jonr Lord 
and Master have washed your feet, ye also ought 
to wash one another's feet" "For I have given 
you an example that ye should do as I have done 
to you." When we have obeyed the above, we 
know it is safe. But a friend tells me, "If lam 
humble enough to wash my brother's feet, it seems 
to me that God, who knows the minds of his chil- 
dren, would accept the will for the act." 

Yes, there may be a way that seems right and 
yet be wrong. I prefer to travel a way that I 
know is right. 

Sometimes men plead the purity of their mo- 
tives in justification of their actions; but God ac- 
cepts no man's motives, however pure, unless they 
are in harmony with his commandments. 

King Saul, no doubt, had a pure motive in pre- 
serving the best sheep and oxen of the Amalekites 
in order to offer a sacrifice to the Lord at Gilgal, 
but Samuel informed him that " to obey is better 
than Bacrifioe." 

The king lost his crown by disobedience. We 
fear many crowns will be lost by men failing to 
perform the commands o£ the Lord. We should 
be very careful what way we travel, for men have 
sought out many ways. God is no respeotor of 
persons, and when he commands, it is the duty of 
both rich and poor, high and low, to obey. Fail- 
ing to obey we run a risk of suffering great loss 
in eternity. 

Brother, sister, friend, when you start to any 
place, never take a way that seemeth right when 
there is a way which you know is right. There is 
a way that seemeth right that leads men to de- 
struction. 

Hylton, Va. 

THANKSGIVING OFFERINGS. 

The following is a report of the amounts 
ceived for the Book and Tract Work: 

Lulie Replogle, Farragut, la S 1 00 

Belle H. Cahill, Mt. Holly Springs, Pa. . . . 1 00 

Jesse Speilman, Grant, Pa 25 

Elis Hostetter, Flavim, Pa ._ 2 00 

A sister, New Paris, Pa 1 00 

D. F. Lepley, Connellsville, Pa I 25 

Homer West, Colburn, Ind 05 

Mary Glock, Aughwick Mills, Pa 1 00 

8. M. Whitmer, Houston, O 50 

Sarah Muse, Vinton, Va 1 

Mary Eohrer, Canton, 111 ] 00 

Bible Beading Class, Bourbon, Ind 2 00 

Sarah H. Moyer, Philadelphia, Pa 1 00 

A sister, Bennington, Kans 20 

Social Meeting, North Manchester, Ind ... 5 00 

Lydia Leedy, Huntington, Ind 2 00 

Upper Stillwater church, O 3 50 

West Dayton ohurch, O 3 50 

, Tuhunga, Cal 25 

Elis Fauts, Conway Springs, Kans I 00 

H. Tallhelm, Minneapolis, Kans 1 00 

Clara Niniuger, Conway Springs, Kans ... 1 00 

D. Mullendore, Claggett's, Md 1 00 

D. W. Weddell, Casstown, 5 00 

Church at Mt. Morris, III 25 25 

Four Mile church, Ind 3 00 



Sunfield, Mich 95 

A group of workers, Golden Corners, O . . . 1 25 

Covina church, Cal 5 75 

A. Brumbaugh, New Baltimore, 75 

Sarah Palmer, Guinda, Cal 20 

E. Ebersole, Spitzer, 2 00 

I. H. Rosenberger, Spitzer, 3 00 

David Negly, Welsh Run, Pa 25 



2 98 
5 00 



Mary Bollinger, Welsh Run, Pa 25 

An aged sister, Uoiou Bridge, Md 2 U0 

Woodbury church, Pn i 00 

St. Vrain church, Colo 5 00 

Social Meeting, Hudson, III I 08 

A sister, Missouri Jg 

Pleasant Valley church, Iud 2 55 

Aarou F. Mullendore, Claggett's, Md 50 

Geo. W. Kietzel, Claggett's, Md 50 

Ella A. Kaetzel, Claggett's, Md 

Panther Creek church, 111 

Sugar Creek church, O 

Arnold's Grove ohurch, 111 4 50 

Beaver Creek church, Va 2 00 

Green Tree church, Pa 3 53 

F. Ernerkiug.'Breuneraburg, O I 00 

A. Woblgamutb, Burbank, O 1 til) 

Purchase Line church, Pa 3 00 

Mary Wigfield, Florida 1 00 

Donuel's Creek church, O 2 2; 

Aimer Puterbaugh, Clarence, la 1 00 

Middle Fork church, Ind 3 G5 

William Roberts, Myrtle Point, Ore 

Simuel Bock, Sec. 
Dayton, Ohio. 



ANOTHER WAY. 



«Y J. S. FLOBY. 



That is a good suggestion of Bra J. M. Neff's— 
to get a supply of leaflets, one side blank, on 
which to write letters to our friends. I will fur- 
Iher suggest to the Tract Committee the idea of 
getting out good commercial note tablets and on 
one side of each sheet of paper have neatly print- 
ed an outline of doctrine, or something in the 
line of the Tract Work. Topics that would be ad- 
vantageous even to our brethren and sisters might 
be printed on the one side of the paper io those 
tablets, — such as a short sermon or essay on the 
evils of tobacco-using, on intemperance, or the 
various evils that the churoh has to labor sgaiDst. 
There are persons guilty of wrong habits that 
have dodged and fled from the truthful missiles, 
emanating from the printing-press in the way of 
a weekly paper. Follow them up with shot and 
6hell from the Tract Work, let even our corre- 
spondence flash the truth before their eyes. A 
guilty conscience can only stand so much pres- 
sure, — the Truth crushed to earth, for a while, at 
last will arise and conquer. No one who puts 
lust and carnality uader his feet, — holds in subjec- 
tion the workings of uuclean dosires, — will fail to 
feel himself to be cleaner, holier and happier, — 
better fitted for the society of saints here and 
hereafter. 

Tuhunga, Cal. 



Notes from our Correspondents. 



— Writing from the Beaver Creek church, Ind., 
under date of Jan. 10, Bro. Jeremiah Hahn reports 
as follows: " Brethren Isaac Billheimer and Guinn, 
of Tippecauce, Ind., closed a week's meetings last 
Monday night with two additions to the fold. 
The meetings were held in the new church house, 
lately built, but not finished yet." 

—Under date of Jan. 20, Bro. H. P. Garber, of 
the Bear Creek church, Ind , sends us the follow- 
Our council-meeting occurred Jan. 18. All 
pleasantly. Our elder, Bro. Neher, 
held a two weeks' series of meetings for us last 
week. While there were no immediate results, 
some were deeply impressed. Bro. Martin Hahn 
is expected to bo with us in the near future, to 
hold a series of meetings, aud we hope that the 
Lord may be with us in our labors." 



— " The new meeting-house in the Maple Grove 
ohuroh, Ind ," -writeB Bro. J. 0. Ohavers, — "is 
finished, aud ou the third Sunday in January it 
. ■. iM be dedicated. Ministering brethren in pass- 
ing by, are invited to call and preaoh for us." 

— From the Upper Deer Creek churoh, Iud., 
Bro. S, H. Beohtelheimer writes: "Bro. D. P. 
Sbively, of Peru, Ind., was with us last week, 
soliciting forthe ' Old Folks aud Orpliaus' Home ' 
of this Distriot. While with us he preached sev- 
eral very acceptable sermoua." 

—We are informed by Bro. E. Thomas that Bro. 
Joseph Holder, of Logan County, Ohio, com- 
menced some meetings at the Sand Ridge ohuroh, 
Henry Oa, Ohio, Deo. 21. Bro. M. L. Hahn, of 
Cold Water, Mei'onr O., Ohio, came to his assist- 
ance, Dec. 23, and fitayed until Jan 5. Bro. 
Thomas reports good meetings and good attend- 
ance, though the ro.sds were bad. One was added 
to the church by baptism. 

— From the Barren Ridge congregation, Va., 
Bro. S. W. Garher sends the following: "Bro. E. 
A. Miller began some meetings at Hermitage Chap- 
el, Nov. 30, '89, and coutiuued two weeks, deliver- 
ing, iu all, seventeen discourses. Four wore added 
to the fold. Bro. Miller's happy bride was one of 
the number. Our brother proved himself very 
{•ilicieDt iu preaohing the Word, and won uuto 
himself many friends. May the Lord bless him 
aud his labors. Eld. E. L. Brower went to Page 
County and held a successful meeting during the 
Holidays." 

—A painful aooident is reoordod by Bro. 8. S. 
Mohler, of Cornelia, Mo. He writes: "On the 
morning of Jan. 18, Bro. Isaao Wampler, one of 
our deacons, while at work on the tower of his 
windmill, t'.U to the ground, breaking a limb in 
two places, it is thought, also an arm, and injur- 
ing his face. He was Boon cared for, and, while 
his iujnries are extensive, yet they are not con- 
sidered fatal. I was to see him Jan 29, and found 
him cheerful and resting easy, doing as well as 
could be expeoted. His condition is favorable to 
his recovery, which we shall be very glad to see." 
— Sin, and its terrible consequences, are vividly 
portrayed by Bro. F. W. Miller, of Seward, Kane. 
He writes: "Sin is like a rivov with a strong our- 
rent, and the further you go down stream, the less 
likely it is that you will ever return. To sin 
againBt knowledge is a muoh greater crime than 
an ignorant trespass. Siu may be defined as the 
mistaken pursuit of happiness. Outside of Chris- 
tianity, neither prosperity nor freedom will ever 
be lasting. A (single evil will expand itself, and 
usurp the place of muoh good. A guilty con- 
science drowns the joy of the most fortunate man, 
and plunges in misery the one who otherwise 
would be tho happiest of mortals. Every com- 
mission of sin introduces into the soul a oertain 
degree of hardness, and an aptness to continue in 
that sin. In like manner every act of sin Btrange- 
Iy transforms and works over the soul to its own 
likeness, and thus man, who was oreated in the 
likeness of God, may be transformed into the 
likeness of the devil. Butconscience is not dead. 
We can not dig a grave for it, and tell it to lie 
there. We may trample it under foot, but it still 
lives. There comes a day of judgment, even in 
this world, when it stands up, confronting us, and 
warning us to return to the life of well-doing. 
The wise will heed the warning. He that has 
tasted the bitterness of sin, will fear to commit it, 
and he that hath felt the sweetness of mercy, will 
fear to offend it. There are three things which 
the true Christian desires with respect to sin — 
justification, that it may not condemn; sanctifica- 
tion, that it may not reign, and glorification, that 
it may be no more." 



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Feb. 4, 18 



— Interesting meeting* are rap or tad by Bro. 
John Lehner of the Bauk Creek church, Franklin 
Co., Pa. Hewrite3:"Jau.4Eid.Z Annoa, of West 
Virginia, oame to n=j and preached for ut until 
the 19th The congregations were fair and atten- 
tive. Bro. Anuon preached in all tiventy-oao dis- 
courses. As a result of his faithful labors, nine 
came out on the Lord's side, May God help th^m 
to live faithful to their baptismal vow, as bright, 
shiuing lights in tin kingdom of his graoe." 

—Prom the Uppar Stillwater church, Ohio, Bro. 
8. D. Royer writes: " The numbers o£ the Upper 
Stillwater ohurcb, Ohio, had a spiritual feast of 
fat things. Bro Iaa-io Crania bsgan a series of 
meetings Jau 3, closing Jan 20. He preached 
thirty sermons, Two of tham were funeral ser- 
mons. One for Bro. Abrarn. Reich, aged seventy- 
two yeara, eleven months and twenty-three days; 
the other for sister Lydin. Fulker, aged niuety-two 
years and twenty-six day?. His preaching was 
Buohthat we feel like asking God to help us live out 
in practice what we have been taught. As a visi- 
ble result of Bro. Frautz's eff>rts, fourteen were 
baptized, and one that hai stray oi a^ay oame 
with teare to ask the church to forgive her, promis- 
ing, by the help of God, to do better. Others are 
almost ready to step into the ohuvoh Onr prayer 
to God is that they may uot put it off too long! " 



WHY IS IT? 



(On 



ferent points were from eight to sixteen and twen- 
ty-four weeks apart, and for these appointments 
there were from four to six ministers, eo that some 
of them did not preach, on au average, more than 
once a month and have a vacation of about three 
months at the same place, thus making the ser- 
mons, by the same person, so far apart that the 
same one could be used several times at the same 
plaoe, and doing this at the several appointments, 
some three or four sermons would do a whole 
year and still be fresh and now to those who heard 
them. To prepare this number of sermons and 
preach bo few sermons during the year, would not 
seriously infriuge on the time of any of the call- 
ings and trades from which men make their liv- 
ing. But for a minister to preach several BermonB 
every Sunday, and often at the same place, or ov- 
ery two weeks at the same appointment, requires 
both time and study. The poor minister, more 
than any one else, feels this, and to make himself 
aooep:ab!o to the prople and his preaching profit- 
able to conversion and saving of souls, he bends 
his energies towards this one thing, and, as a re- 
Bulr, bhay are bent aw*y from thit which makes 
bread food, and money for himself and family. 
Thm the spiritual gain he m-ikes for his' hearers 
become* fin^n -iai Loss to himself, 

D > you fii ef Don! \ cu 8*t»? Wall, this is our 
second reason why ve are 1. B-ng ground in !he fi- 
nancial race. 

Ae a third canae we name that the people, and 
even our own members, demand more of our min- 
isters than was demanded in former yeare. Our 
spiritual as well as our natural appetites have un- 
dergone a wonderful change within the laBt half 
century. There was a time when the bill of fare 
for both was very simple, We remember hearing 
an old man say that he was raised on bread, pota- 
toes, soup and coffee. In his days the common 
fare was, mush and milk for Bupper, fried mush 
for breakfast, and boiled meat and potatoes for 
dinner. Their spiritual meals consisted of a com- 
ment on the Garden of Eden, the Fall of Adam 
and Eve, Mosea and the Children of Israel, Re- 



penttnca, Faith and Baptism — very good 
healthy dint as far as it goes, if well pi 
but our people, as well a3 other p o 
satisfied with so simple a fare, — bo it natural or 
spiritual. Greater variety, as well as liner qual- 
ity, is wanted and expected and needed. 

A minister is expected to be cultured, ei < 
iug, intelligent, and well and neatly dressi 
know how to properly conduct himselt in go 
ciety, and be fr e from boorishness. He must 
live in a respectable house, well famished, and 
be able to entertain one-half or two thirds of all 
the visiting members and the Mrangera that call 
within the church bounds. 

When men do all tliis and loBe two-thirds of 
their time in actual work for the church, it seams 
to us that it ought to be very plain why our min- 
isters, as a class, are financially poorer than they 
were in former times. 

It any one wishes to know how the condition ol 
our ministers can ba bettered, wo are willing to 
make another effort. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



Notes and Jottings. 

On the evening of Nov. 16, we met our appoint- 
ment east of Ladoga, Ind. The weather and the 
roads were unfavorable in the extreme; yet the at- 
tendance and attention showed marks of interest. 
Eld. Wm. Harshbarger has care of tho work hore. 
At thia point the Brethren have built a large, com- 
modious house of worship. The usages of the 
church are well respected, and the cause seems to 
prosper. Bro. Levi Holsinger is the assistant 
elder. He has been with them two years ftnd his 
services seem to be appreciated. The m< 
are assisting him in securing a home, In 
plaoes there are ministers with limited mfaus, 
who need assistance to compensate them for tht ir 
Iosb of time in their ministerial duties. Two 
came forward for membership. We closed the 
meetings at this point Dec. 2. 

On the evening of Dec. 6, we commence I u 
ries of meetings at West Dayton, Ohio. A con- 
gregation has been recently organized at that 
place, and a housj built withiii the limits o'r the 
city, with elder Frank Cotterman and S W. Hoov- 
er in the ministry. 

The work of bnilding up the cause in cities, 
with the Brethren, has been a little slow, appar- 
ently for tho following reasons: 

1. The mbie inmates of citiea arc largely mem- 
bers of Eome one or mora of the numerous secret 
orders, now enfolding the rnassee. It is hard 
work to break the chain of their net work. 

2. With us, " not many wise men after the flesh, 
not many mighty, not many uoblo are called." 
Oratory, eloquence aud " great, swelling words'' 
are the acknowledged powers to-day in gathering 
numbers. 

3. On the part of the well-to-do, their time is bo 
closely occupied, their minds so engrossed, that it 
is difficult to engage their attention. 

We are glad to report that the outlook of West 
Dayton is encouraging. The city aud the adja- 
cent vicinity are thickly settled with those ac- 
quainted and in bympathy with the doctrine of the 
Brethren. As au immediate result of the meet- 
ings, Beven were baptized. 

They have a very interesting Sunday-school, 



i The teachers seem to 

v-'hichis an abso- 
lute necessity, in order to have an interesting 
chool. 
While in the above city, in conversation with a 
■ oable lady of pious turn, I was confronted 
with the following query, which I here give for 
the consideration ot all, but more especially for 
ion i pious mothers, under 

who*© notice thenc lines may fall. After calling up 
various points, to which she gave quiet assent, she 
proceeded to inquire: "But, elder, how can your 
plain mother-siste^a lead their little girls into fan- 
cy Btores, and purchase for. and adorn, these inno- 
cent b dogs with that which they consider wrong 
for themselves to wear?" I. J. Rosenbebgeb. 
Covington, O. 

From Mt. JacksoD, Va. 

I commenced a series of meetings Dec 27, at the 
lower end of our,— the Fiat Reck congregation, 
near Edinburg, end continued for eight days, 
when Bro. J. F. Driver came to my assistance. 
Bro. Cianahau, from the adjoining congregation, 
also gave us one sermon, "We continued the meet- 
ings uutii Jan. 5. Th? meetings wr-re well attend- 
ed and we had the beat of o; de*\ Four souls came 
out on the Lord's sido and were buried in tho 
clear wat :■ i iidcah. A large number 

of spectators came lo see Ihem baptized, as buch 
a scgjg -.van new to a number of them. One lady 
remarked that Bhe liked onr way of baptizing bet- 
ter than any she ever saw. Quite an interest 
[ during the meetings, and I feel, 
from the way others expressed themselves, that 
the good work will still continue. 

We feel to express onr thanks to those, with 
whom wo met during the meetings, for their hos- 
pitality. May the Father's oare be over those 
who have set their feces homeward, so that, at 
laal be able to enter the haven of bliss! 

B. W. Neff. 

Notes from South Dakota. 

The little band of believers of the Bijou Hills 
church, are all well, and endeavoring to do all 
they can to build up the cause here. The fall aud 
winter, nut)] Dec *2-. was very pleasant, when 
snow oame in i buibII quantity, and tno cold in- 
creased. After ti h ■■ days of pleasaufi weather, 
about 'Jan. 10, we mow ■ - aud lower tem- 

aslot twenty-fiv< degrees below zero 

D . 30, I Bid. B. F. Miller, of Aip&na, S. 

Dakota, al a point &even miles south-west of Mt. 
Yemon, where ei . lembers reside,— somewhat 
Ii ; i.i Miiier commenced meetings Dec 
continued meetings until Jan. 14, when 
we were compelled, by cold weather aud storm, to 
ol&Be our meetings. The met-.tings were not so 
largely attend but the interest wag good, and 
the immediate results were bis accessions. "We 
feel assured that, could the meetings have con- 
tinued, many more would have come to the church. 

We believe that much good could be done here. 
They have, however, no active minister, and must 
depi nd on I tose living fifty miles away, and, as 
we are few in number, and fcbe calls are too many, 
a number oi: precious calls must go unattended to. 

South Dakota ought to have several missionar- 
ies at woik in the field all the time. The most 
practical time, to work here in the mission work, 
would by spring, summer, and autumn, but the 
ministers residing here are too dependent upon 
their own labor for support, to go at their own 
charges and lemain long enough to accomplish 
the desired results'. 

Oh, how thankfui we would be if the many 
calls for preaching in South Dakota could, in a 
measure, be supplied in eome way! The few 



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77 



members, living in the vicinity of Mi. Vernon, are 
humble, consistent and loving brethren and da- 
terB, but, owing it, ele, they bave 

b d help any in bearing the 

expense of holding regular meetings, and the few 
in the ministry fire likewise eo burdened with the 
care of home find loved ouch, p.s to be unable to 
attend to all the demands for preaching. 

Looking back to my former work, elsewhere in 
the ministry, when eight ministers surrounded the 
table, I Bee that here one lias more to do thau was 
frequently a*i quired of froni eix to eight. 

May God bless the labors of his 
where awl especially the efforts here in South 
Dakota. May God bless the lambs who came to 
tho church at M>\ Vernon. May others heed the 
warning and come also, that God may be honored 
and the church strengthened. Pray on, brethren 
and sisters; it is your Father's good pleasure to 
give unto you the kingdom of eternal glory. 

W. G. Cook. 

Bijou Bills, S Dak. 

From the Sugar Ridge Church, Ohio. 

Bro Sil.vs Gilbert, of Lightsvillo, Darke Go, 
Ohio, began a series of meetings in the Sugar 
Ilidge chaich, Dec. 21, 1889, closing Jan. 5, 1800. 
During theso meetings, the roada were muddy, the 
weather damp and rainy, but the interest was 
good. 

On Christmas Day we bad a special meeting for 
the children und young people. They occupied 
the front Beats, and weie sure to find some spirit- 
ual food within their reach. 

Jan. 3, we met at Bro. Trackler's for meeting. 
Sister Trackler has b^n afflicted with rheuma- 
tism for tome years, and hus been deprived of 
meetiug privileges. The meeting at her house 
wA3 a good one. May our sister trust in God who 
is able to save all! While there were no accessions 
to the church," we believe that some, who were 
convicted, could not make up their mind to forsake 
the world. Wo, as bietbr^naud siBter?, were made 
to fool that it was good for us to be there. May 
God bless tbe efforts which have been put forth 
here! D. W. 0. Katj. 

McComb, Ohio. 

Texas County, Missouri 

We do not believe ia drawing too heavy on our 
imaginations when describing, or giving a pen 
picture of, any country, which is too often done. 
However, if we can benefit auy one by giving the 
advantages and disadvantages of a new country, 
after actual experience of a frontier life, it be- 
comes our duty to do so. 

We made v. short visit to the above-named 
County a few weeks since, for no other purpose 
than to be able to give to those, who inquire after 
that part o£ the country, an intelligent answer. 

The face of the country is rough aud hilly, but 
covered with nice timber. Tho soil ia a loam, 
with clay sub-soui, and fine gravel mixed through 
the soil. 

There are numerous springs with Bparkling 
waters, as ia usually the ease ia mountainous 
countries. It is hardly necessary to state that the 
water is of the best. 

The producing quality of the soil we do not con- 
sider the best, but, with propor judgment, energy 
and industry, we think it within the reach of 
every one to get a good living and home. From 
what we were able to see we think that tame grass- 
es wiil do well; hence there is nothing to hinder 
stock-raising from being provable. The high 
altitude renders this a sure fruit country. 

Texas County ha? an exeallent school system. 
Churches of nearly every kind are represented, 



the Brethren not excepted. Tbe latter have an 
orgauized church of about fifty members. Their 
ministerial force consists of three elders and 
three ov four other officials. 

The people of Texas County are law-abiding 
citizens, aud welcome all honest aud industrious 
emigrants into their midst. This County, of 
course, ia not everything, aud if there are any who 
think that, by going to a new country, fortune 
and wealth will shower upon them without any ef- 
fort on their par!, (hey had best not go to Texas 
Conuty. Those, without anything, to battle against 
the hardships of new countries, had best fcUy 
where ihey «re acquainted. Those that have a 
few hundred dollars and want to s-ttlo down on a 
piece of land of their own, will find, iu this Coun- 
ty, many advantages superior to thooe of other 
place?. I have tried the western prairies and for 
my part will take tho rougher laud with good tim- 
b r, water and cheap lumber, every time. 

Thoso wishing to make further inquiry regard- 
ing this country, an write to elders J. E, Mason, 
S. A. Honberger, or J. J. Troxel, not forgetting to 
enclose stamp L. E FniOKETT. 

Republic, Mo 

Good News From the South 

On Saturday, Jan, 11, elders H. P. Hylton, S. 
G. Spangler and 1 left our homes for St Paul, Car- 
roll Go, Va. After a thirty miles' ride across the 
Blue Eidge, we met with the little band of mem- 
bers (eight in number). At 7 P. M Bro. Spaugler 
addressed U3. Noxt day Bro. Hyltou expouuded 
"true religion," aud tbe following evening we 
tried t) explain ho* to get in possession of 
religion Services were held next day aud Bro 
Hylton baptized one sister. Quite an interest 
was manifested and we thought it not good to leave 
them. But our elder returned home on Tuesday 
and we remained till the 19th, when we had tho 
happy privilege of baptizing ten more. 

These people have been trained from infancy to 
" stand still," aud the Lord would save them if 
ihey were of tho elect. So the minister who is 
successful among them must visit their homes anil 
convince them of this error. We found some 
neighbors there that ware enemies aud by tbe 
help oE the Lord wo advised them to drop their 
troubles end forgive each other. The result was 
satisfactory, aud wo baptiz j d eorne of those par- 
liep. O&hers settled their own troubles and then 
demanded baptism. 

Ouo of the pleasing features of this work is that 
the most substantial citizens of that country were 
among the baptized. 

Bro. Spaugler, who is quite youug in this work, 
manifested a zeal, in his private conversations, 
worthy of imitation. He convinced tho candid 
thinker, by the Bible, that the Brethren's doctrine 
is the doctrine of the Bible. 

Bro. J. H. Whisler, who is a resident deacon, 
has built a comfortable church here at his own ex- 
pense, which he proposes to deed to the Brethren. 
It will be known as tbe St. Paul church. 

They ore not organized as a working body, but 
we hope the time is near when they can be. 

C. D. Hylton. 

Hylion, Vd. 

From the Southern Mission. 

Bno. Sidney Hodcden and wife, of Neosho, 
Kane., arrived here Dec. 16. We had a number of 
meetings but the attendance was not as good as we 
wouM like to have seen, It seems as though 
almost every night there was Home other induce- 
ment to draw the people away. ChristmaB trees, 
festivals, preaching, dances, opera and theatrical 
performances, Beoret lodges, — anything, every- 



thing to draw away and deceive the people. I 
have learned one thing, — that it is a very easy 
matter to deceive a person when he wants to be 
deceived. This state of affairs presents a difficul- 
ty in our church work in towns, Unless we are 
strong enough to exert an influence to counteract 
tho popular current, at least in a measure, the 
work will go slow, i£ it goes at all, and often weak 
members are drawn into these forbidden paths. 
But when duty ib done, the Word preached, wheth- 
er it is received or not, somebody is loft without 
excuse. This Bro. Sidney did by good, solid, 
practioal preachiug. As none were made willing 
to aooept, eternity must tell tho rest 

We had our Communion Deo. 27. Bro. Weimer, 
of Carlisle, was with us aud assisted in the meeting. 
Bro. Hodgdeu officiated. We held an eleotion for 
one deacon. The lot fell on Bro. S. W. Harper. 
May ho ever be faithful to the trust confided in 
him! 

Brother and sister Hodgden left us Jan. 7 for 
Laforge, Mo., where he expects to labor some for 
the Master. May the Lord bless his labors I Let 
the results be as they may, we enjoyed the visit 
from our brother and sister very much, and would 
be glad i£ they could come again, but as matterB 
are, that may never be. When life's work is done, 
may we moet in heaven! Jas. K. Gisb. 

Stuttgart, Ark. 

Old Folks' Home. 

In the spring of 1888 the thought of an Old 
Polks' Home was introduced at the District Meet- 
ing of Southern Kansas. As an evidence of its sym- 
pathy that meeting appointed a committee of five 
Brethren to suggest a plau. In accordance there- 
with, tho Secretary was requested to confer with 
the other Districts in Kansas, also those oE Mis- 
souri and Nebraska, etc., to report to District 
Meetiug of 18b9. This was done, but no action 
waB taken in any of the above Districts, the con- 
sideration of the matter being deferred till 1890. 

At a meeting of said committee it was deoided 
that each District, willing to co-operate in the 
good work, appoint a committee to formulate a 
plan, and then appoint one of their number to 
meet at whatever suitable place and time may be 
deoided upon, to compare plans, and, out of them 
all, decide on the plau, location, etc. 

In harmony with the above, our committee's 
plau, as far as practicable, is on record on the 
Minutes of Southern Kansas, of 1889. 

It occurs to me that the first important point to 
settle, by the different Districts, in sympathy with 
tho move, is the amount of territory it should em- 
brace. As it is an open question, aB suggested, 
that Missouri and Nebraska should, or might, co- 
operate with Kansaa, the question, whether it is 
expedient to embrace more or less than one State 
in the enterprise, should first be settled by the 
different Committee?. 

It is very desirable that the different Districts 
oE Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas give the mat- 
ter the attention that such a commendable enter- 
prise demand?. They should preseut the matter 
to their respective District Meetings for disposal, 
and, immediately after meeting, communioate 
their decision to the undersigned by official au- 
thority, so that we can proceed intelligently and 
without delay. 

It would bo very desirable to have a report 
prior to our District Meeting, bnt this we can not 
reasonably expect, as our meeting is permanently 
appointed for the last Wednesday before Easter, 
until changed by District Meeting. For 1890 our 
meeting will be in the Fredonia church, Wilson 
County. Enoch Eby. 

Hutchinson, Kans. 



O H P E L M Ji 8 S E N O E K . 



Feb. i, 1890. 



What of To-day ? 

A good deal might be said of to- 
day. Tbe writer can Bay to-day wliat 
he never could have said before. 
Well, today (Jan. 15, 1800), he is 
fifty-foar years old. It has been his 
onstom, for a number of years, to 
write some special message to his 
parents on hia birthday. 

In May, 1880, the message came 
that father bad crossed the stream 
that intervener between the two parts 
of the family. Thenceforth when 
this anniversary returned, we could 
only say, "Dear Mother." That w»» 
continued and the message was regu- 
larly sent, and as surely looked for 
by that mother. But. whati 
Bad I No mother! No one knows 
but those who have experienced it. 
But when we lift our eyeB from the 
vaoant ohair aud the scenes oE earth 
and borne here, and fix them int ntli 
npon the veil that separates the two 
worlds, we will soon see a riff, and 
we gaze upon the receding form un- 
til tbe one. in bright raiment, Btsnds 
by us, ready to say, "This same 
mother shall bo come again." "For 
if we believe that JeBos died and 
rose again, even so them also which 
Bleep in Jesus will God bring with 
him." 1 Thess 4: 14. 

My mother departed this life on 
last Thanksgiving Day at 10 A. M, 
at the age of seventy- eight years, 
nine months and three days. She 
died of that dread disease railed can- 
cer. But now her Buffering is over 

and we could not wiBh her b lob I 

again uuder tbecircurn«lunccB. But, 
O, bow sad the thought, no father 
nor motherl Yet we nuiBt not oom- 
plain, for tbey have finished their 
oourse with joy. aud we are left here 
to fill our mission for a little while 
longer. Then we, too, shall be called 
to go up higher if we are faithful to 
the principles of our Divine Head. 
But, should we be unfaithful stew- 
ards, then we will have to go down 
lower. Solomon tells us that " The 
way of life is above to th s wise that 
he may depart from hell beneath." 
Prov. 15: '11. Then it is clear that 
we do not want to go downward. We 
should remember that there are rnauy 
temptiug baits with which to catch 
the innocent and unsuspecting. We 
may well inquire, What of our day? 
Much every way, for we are making 
a record, and we will have to read it 
after awhile. A. Hutchison. 



of God. While our hearts were 

made glad at the good tidings which 

we were permitted to hear in the 

sanctuary, as well as tbe words of 

cheer and comfort in BOcial iuter- 

amilies, we 

el ink that our broth- 

als did not iuduce 

eomeofou com© out 

on the Lord's side. Many of our 

i Iren and some who 

■ Btood aloof from God's 

promises bb ' most per- 

suaded, "Gothj way for this time." 

! 1 i.'.rt we ask these 

friends, and others o! like oin am 

Btam as, i . ill become of Zion 

in such localities if you do not soon 
come? Fathers and mothers are 
passing over the river and will Boon 
lie unuf, and the Lord needs your 
help in hiri vineyard. 

P. R. Kelt ner. 

" A shadow has fallen upon your 
househt 1 '; but it is tho Blwlow of 
the One who oanioto give as he came 
to take, the Bhadow of him whose 
shadow is light God BometimeB 
ii ejea of his children with 
tears, that they may see the more 
clearly to read aright his providence 
and hia commandments." 

"Power is so characteristically 
dm that calmness in itself has the 
ipect of power, and forbearance im- 
plies strength." 



FOGEL— In the bounds of the Linvllle 
llurch, Rockingham County, Va , 
Dec 2S. iSSo, Martin Fogel, aged 77 years, 
IC months and ro days. Funeral services 
by the writer, assisted by M. B. E. Kline 
fr.iru Gen. 2: 10. 



SPITZER.-In the same church, Jan. 5, of 

I 1 . Bro. Jacob A. Spltzcr, aged 

) S J ear-, 1 1 months and 23 days. 

A family of seven children are left with- 

out father or mother, the mother having 

passed over abnut eight months before. An 

indulgent father, an obliging neighbor, a good 

citizen and a faithful member of the church 

has passed away. Funeral services by Bro. 

J. A. Garber, assisted by the writer, to a large 

audience from 1 Thess. 4: tS. 

J. P. Zigler. 
CAY LOR.— In the Arcadia church, Ind , 

Nov. 30, Eld. Elias Cayior, aged 8+ years, 

6 months and 8 days. 

His death was not unlooked for, as he 
had been ailing for several weeks of dropsy. 
The funeral look place at the Brethren's 
church at Arcadia, whither tbe remains were 
followed by a large number of sorrowing 
friends. The funeral services were conducted 
by Bro R. 11 Miller, of North Manchester, 
Ind, from 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8 In 18:5 he was 
marri-d to Sarah Umberger. Ten children 
were born to them. Eight are yet living. 
Father and mother Cayior united with the 
3rethren church in 1S27. Bro. Cayior was 
lected to the office of deacon, May 16, 1S43. 
n 1844 he was elected to the ministry, and 
ras faithful until death. 



Eli. 



MAI ivIMONIAL 



From the Waddam's Grove Church, 111. 

Bro. J. 8. Mohler and wife, of 
Morrill, Kaus., accompanied by Bro. 
John Eieenbise and wife, arrived 
here Jan. 2, 1890. Bro Mohler com- 
menced a series of meetings in the 
Chelsea meeting-house, near Nora, 
111., and continued until the evening 
of the 16th, preaching in all eighteen 
sermons. The attendance was fair, 
considering the extremely bad roads 
and other circumstauces under which 
we had to lab vr. Bro Mohler did 
not fail to deolare the whole counsel 



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FRIEND-JUSTICE.-At the residence of 
thebrld ' parents, in Stark County, Ohio, 
Jim II, Bro Samuel M. Friend and sister 
I ,„ .,|„ s , ic e. 

CORDIER— ROWINSKY.— At the resi- 

dence of the bride's grandparents, Bro. Fred 

,OW Dec. 31, 1889, 

' irge Carper, Bro. Oliver Cor- 

ilier, of Staik County, O , and sister Clara 

Rowinsky, of White Pigeon, Mich. 

Ill M.I -ROBERTS— At the residence oi 

i. 'Hill's, Canton, III, Jan. 16, by 
■ 1 ed, George Thall to Sarah E. 
Rob .M vriiiA ' 



. home, near New Ha' 
I, of paralysis, Bro. Pe 



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of the 




FINK.— Dec. to, 18S9, Adeatl May Fink, 
lo . pb C. and Sarah II. Fink, 

aged G years, 5 months and ; 4 day. 

DUPLER— In the Jonathan Creek congre- 

tlon.l Mr Co, Ohio.Jan.S.ofconsump- 

tlon, i .1 Elizabeth Dupler, aged 35 years, 

9 " :hs Bad ; ... 

Sister Dupler was indeed a true, devoted 
Chrl IF. 1 She bore- her afflictions patiently 
without a murmur, and died peacefully, 
in the lull triumphs of a living faith. She 
leaves a kind husband, two little children and 
many friends and relatives to mourn their 
loss. Funeral services by the writer from 
Ps - ■ ,6: '5- John M, Bowman. 



SIPE— At h 

April 1, i8i 

in his 69th 

Bro. Sipe was a faithful member 
church of ids choice, — a good neighbor and 
faithful Christian, anddled in the full triumph 
of the faith. He leaves a wife, four grown- 
up children and a host of friends to mourn 
their loss. Funeral services conducted by J. 
C. Johnson. 1. p. S. 

LESCALI.EET._In the Bush Creek con- 
gregation, Ind., Jan. 8, Bro. Jesse T. Les- 
calleet, son of Bro. Tobias and sister Lydia 
Lescalieet, aged 21 years, 2 months and 25 

Our brother left home Jan. S in grod 
health, to seek employment. It was just for- 
ty nine hours from the time he left, till he 
lught home a corpse. He got on the 
B. & O R. R. at No. 4, and went to Freder- 
ck Junction. It is thought that in getting 
iff lie stepped down on the wrong side, where 
a passing train struck him, it being after 
night. He was buried at Locust Grove and 
the occasion was improved by elders Jesse 
Roopand William H. Franklin, from James 
4: 14, to a large and sympathizing congrega- 
tion. Margaret Moors. 

WALTZ— At her home in Wapakoneta, 
Ohio, of heart failure, Lizzie, wife of Jacob 
Waltz, aged 40 years. 
Deceased retired in usual health, but 
shortly after passed away, leaving a husband 
(my brother), and eight children to mourn 
their loss. She seemed unusally merry that 
day, it being her birthday. Surely, it is nec- 
essary to watch and pray, for in an hour ye 
think not tile Son of Man Cometh! 

Emma Watson. 
1SS9, Mrs. Elizabeth Cart, 
aged 07 years, I month and 9 days. 

J.J. Cart. 
SLOGGETT.— At Mt. Morris, 111., Oct. 11, 
1S89, Glennie, daughter of friend John and 
sister Julia Sloggett, aged 4 months. Serv- 
ices by the Brethren from the words: "It 
is well with the child." 

SLOGGETT.— In the Rock River con- 
gregation, Ogle Co., 111., Jan. to, sister Ju- 
lia, wife of friend John Sloggett, and daugh- 
ter of Bro. John and sister Barbara Hoi- 
singer, of Mt. Morris, aged 30 years, 1 
month and 20 days. Funeral services by 
brethren Levi Trostle and J. G. Royer, 
from John 14: 1-4. J. R. Holsinger. 



CART.— Dec. 21 



HECKLER.-In the Indian Creek congrega- 
tion, at the residence of his 6on, Abraham, 
in Harleysville, Montgomery Co., Pa., Jan. 
5, Bro. Jacob Heckler, at the advanced age 
of 90 years and 16 days. 

Bro. Jacob wa6 a remarkably mild and 
complacent man. He always appeared to be 
contented and happy. His home for a long 
time was a home for tbe Brethren and for 
strangers. His wife (a sister in the church) 
died in 1SG0 He belonged to the Brethren 
nearly fifty years. A few days before his 
death took place, he was walking in the room 
when his foot slipped and he fell, receiving 
injuries from which he died. After his fall 
he said, « Perhaps this is to be my end, and it 
may too." His sight, his hearing, and his 
memory were remarkably well preserved un- 
to the end. Of late years he did not attend 
public worship, being too feeble, but was al- 
ways glad for visitors, and always had some 
Scriptural subject to talk about. As he was 
an Intelligent old man and In his lime had 
read much, especially on Scriptural subjects, 
he had many visitors and, with his good 
memory and faintly character, could entertain 
them very pleasantly. An only son and an 
only great-grandson are all his remaining pos- 
ter "y- Jas. Y. Heckler. 

BRANSON.— In the Sugar Creek church, 
Hancock Co , Ind , at her father's residence, 
near Fortville, Nov. 9, 1SS9, sister Emma 
R. Branson, wife of Bro. Noah C. Branson, 
and daughter of Bro. Hiram and Clara 
Stoltlemyer. 
Deceased left a husband, father and 
mother, four brothers and two sisters to 
mourn their loss. Three sisters have preced- 
ed her to the spirit world. She joined the 
church when she was eighteen years of age. 
She was baptized by Lewis W. Teeter and 
lived a consistent member until her death. 
Her funeral was conducted at the Beach 
Grove church by Eld. Jacob Rife. 

Nora Stotti.emyer. 

WORKMAN.-In the Rock Grove church, 

Floyd Co, Iowa, Jan. 11, 1S90, sister Te- 

ney, wife of Bro. Wm. Workman, aged 74 

years, 10 months and 7 days. 

Funeral services by the writer, assisted 

by G. H. Starring (Baptist), from Rev. 14: 13. 

W. IlCENnERRV. 

SHOOK.—In the Bethel congregation, Nebr., 

Jan. 12, Sarah A., wife of Abraham Shook 

(maiden name Harrow), aged 65 years and 

10 months. 

Deceased was a member of the Brethren 

church upwards of foity-five years. The 

cause of her death is unknown, as she was 

found in bed in the morning, dead, or just 

about dead. Funeral services by Bro. A. Ti- 

from John 1 1 : 25, 26. Levi Hoffert. 

ODELL.-In the Pigeon Creek church, 

Marshall Co., 111., Jan. 12, friend F. Odell, 

son of friend Wcs. and sister Odell, aged 

23 years, 3 months and 29 days. 

Funeral occasion Improved by Eld. C. S. 

Holslnger. Fred was loved by all who knew 

him. He had been a great sufferer for almost 

one year. May the Lord bless the parents in 

this their sad bereavementl 

Sam'l Henry. 
CAIRICK.— In the Coon River church, 
near Panora, loiva, sister Isabel Cairick, 
aged 58 years, 10 months and 10 days. Fu- 
neral services by Bro. Moses Deardorff, as- 
sisted by his co-laborers. Text, Job 7: 8. 
J. D. Haugmtelin. 
SHIBELY.—In the Sand Ridge congrega- 
tion, Henry Co., Ohio, June 29, sister Mary 
M. Shibely, wife of Bro. James Shibely, 
aged 59 years, 8 months and 23 day6. 
Deceased was a member of the church 
for thirty years, and noted for her Christian 
deportment in life. During her affliction, 
rhich she bore with Christian fortitude, she 
called for the elders of the church and was 
anointed. She was the mother of eight chil- 
, two of whom had preceded her to the 
t world. A husband and six children are 
o mourn the loss of a faithful wife and a 
mother. Funeral services conducted by 
Eld. John Provont. M. L. Hajin. 



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Table of Contents. 



In the Chapel. By Sadie Brallier Noflsinger, 



Concio ad Cleruin. By C. H. Balsbangh, 

Searching the Scriptures. By B. F. Moom.iw 

Our Power in the World Lies in our Se D arateness fro 

it. By Lewis W. Teeter 

Instruct the Children. By S B Miller, 

The Gospel Opposed to Selfishness, By S. 



One Day at a Time. Selected,.-. 
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In Faith. By J S. Flory, 

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Correspondence, 

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Matrimonial, 

Fallen Asleep 

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THE DIFFERENCE. 



■95. 9" 



The Brethren at Waynesboro, Pa., deferred th 
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The "Gosppl Chimes" are Belling far beyond 
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it has given excellent satisfaction, especially in 
our Sunday-schools. 



Eldkb James A. Sell and 8. G. Rupert spent 
last Sunday with the Warrior's Mark Brethren. 
They went there for the purpose of converting 
some property— real estate, belonging to the Mis- 
sionary Board of Middle Pennsylvania— into mon- 
ey, that it may be used for the purpose intended. 



The question sometimes comes to ns: What is 
the difference, in the estimation of God, between 
the sinner who believes in God, and the outright 
idolater? And if there is a difference, ripen 
whom would ho look with more favor? 

At first thought we would incline toward the 
idolater, because he does not entertain God in his 
thoughts, and, therefore, dees not knowingly com 
mit sin sgairst him. But, on the other hand, 
idolatry doea away with the possibilities of God's 
favors and blessings as such. 

The two hold the relation of children to a par- 
ent. The one refuses in any way to recognize his 
parent as his father, while the other holds him as 
such, yet ia disobedient, and refuses to heed his 
advice. While tuo one is not perfect nor even re- 
spectful toward his father, the other disc i 
relation whatever. 

We sse th's relation and ita results clearly illus- 
< the bistort of the two kitign, Abijam, of 
Jndab, and Jeroboam, of [erael. While 
walked in lh« eina of his fathers, and did i ' at 
which was evil in the sight of the Lord, the other 
rejected him altogether, and turned l.iu heart en- 
tirely to idols Ou this accouut the Lord 
away from hitn as fully as he turned away irora 
the Lord. The one had no Gid at all, while the 
other bad a God to whom he turned in time of 
need. As the^e two kings were contemporary, 
the time Boon came wh< n the Lord dei ii 
twten them, and showed which of the two was the 
nearer to him. Their encouragement for divine 
favor, in their fathers, were, in many respects, the 
seme. 

There was war between Abijam and Jeroboam. 
Abijam bad an army of four hundred th m and 
men, while Jeroboam had an army of eight hun- 
dred thousand, all being mighty men of valor. 
They met in battle array— the one a sinner, and 
the other an idolater. The one, as a stun 
on the Lord for hel p, as every sinner may, while 
the other depends on his own wisdom, and the 
strength of his army. The Lord turns his strength 



Ode aged brother, Samuel Rupert, who lives 
about five miles out of town, while on a visit to 
some of his children, had a paralytic stroke, which 
paralyzed his right side, but fortunately did not 
affect his speech. A few days after, he was taken 
to his home, and, at last information, was having 
bttle or no pain. 

We are glad that there seem to be openings 
lowing up in the South, where our Brethren may 
8o, with a reasonable hope of gaining a compe- 
tence, and, at the same iime, plant the Truth by 
Preaching and building churches. Emigration, 
»ner all, is one of the best ways of ex' 
^hr-wt'e kingdom. 



■ th e i I, ■ a tl air 

rod only when t! 

m o m ili b hi . p . » 

it teaohes us that, though sinners, we may 
' him as God, he 

always waiting to havo us call ou 
him iu time of need. He often brings this need 
upon as, that we may foe! it, and torn our hearts 
to hi 

like? Yen, moro-it is God-like! 

How often do we see this disposition manif iter] 

on the part of the father towards a wayward s n! 

Hia heart yearns toward him, and the grief o£ his 

life i i that tho son oou not appreciate a father's 

love. Hie prayer is, that the bou may feel the 

need of a father's help, and, if it ia possible, he 

around him audi ciroumstanoes as will 

make him i el ■ I . i ^ need. He hatee the sin, but 

loves the son more than he hates the eiu. So God 

loves the Binner. Should not this be a touohing 

i reh in dealing with its members? 

1 ' eals ith us, oar i Baling with each 

lened with meroy. 

prefer the aim er I i the 

, buoBbih- 

1 'las his 

is time of he rues 

ii ail And, secondly, 

■■, i I ■ i id the poBai- 

l ling, In a b .lief in 

able power to every ein- 

i power is made 

manifest. 

hi ."' ib . :. : ! ible illmtra- 

■ th I. I's prophet, who was 

at to Jen old p o he! of Bethel, 

■ " boat hia fall a 6 death. This 

to I I hia sirs, and, as a 

Bad body of the man of 
home with him, 
I ii i-i his ■' H sepulchre, And to still 
liti I, he "idered 
that, ,| ath, bis body should be laid in the 

[ he man of God was laid— 

hi bones." 
th tl ■■■ is i resurrection au- 
r th iom ii of the good prophet, 
1 l "."ins mixed with them, and 
with Abijam, because by him he is acknowledged j take them all together, and thus he would share 
as God, and appealed to in time of need. From as his brother prophet, 

Jeroboam he turns away, and, as a result, he, with , this to show the feelings of respect and 

his great army, is defeated, and driven before the trust thai the believing sinner has, not only for 
face of his enemy. Jeroboam was defeated be- God, but also for those who are his children. 



cauee he pat God away from him, and refused to 
entertain him in his thoughts, thus debarring him- 
self from all possibility of help outside of human 



What does this teach us? First, it tea 
that the idolater and the unbeliever are not with- 
in the possibilities of God's help, and, virtna'ly, 



the acts and feelings, on the part of the 
sinner, that touch the sympathies of the Lord, and 
modify hia judgments egainut him. Christ teach- 
es us that whosoever giveth even a cup of cold wa- 
in name, or as his disciple, shall receive 
lii it'g that the Lord always pities 

Dg child, while he allows the idolater and 



have no divine source unto which they can go for unbeliever to grope their way in their own dark- 
help. Such persons are as helpless and forsaken I neas. 



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THE GOSPEL MESBENGEK. 



Feb. 11, 1899. 



•ESSAYS^- 



'Study to show ihysel 



IN THE CHAPEL, 

Sweetly dawned the Sabbaiii tnornin 
Loud and clear the Chap I bi 11, 
To our ears In peaceful pi Hlfng 
Like ;> happy chorus Fell. 
Song "/ birds aro^.- 1<> gn el u 
Nature looked go passing fair, 

As our steps WO slowly w i nded 

To the blceeed house of prayer. 

Musi, filled the quiet Chapel: 

Then thi holy man of God, 

With i rcne and deep devotion 

To the sacred rostrum irud. 

i [©pi we . llrrcd h [thin i ach bosom; 

Banished was all Inward strife, 

As he raised Ids voice and uttered 
Word* of everlasting life. 

Swecl and wonderous was the story- 
Angels tell the tale above— 
Oi the great redemption purchased 
By a Savior's mighty love. 
Rapt, though mute, all hailed the glory 
Of that glad triumphant day; 
When, upon the Bacred stillness, 
Fell the inundate: " Let us pray." 

Then before the holy altar 

Bended low was every knee. 
In the shadow of his pi sne ■ 

H bled was each heart, and free 

From the din ol earth's i immotion, 
From lis tumuli and Its care . 
Reverently, for a blessing 
i ■. I, bi eath d ■ h th a i llenl praj i i . 

Bu! .ill joined in Hie petition: 

"Though unworthy, Lord we be 

Turn thou nut away in anger: 

i ,0, we bring our all to thee! 

We have erred in mortal Mint j 

We have stumbled oft; yet thou 

Caii v ' fmt;i\:- ■ dark traiifgressijiis. 

(), draw near and bless us now I 

"Lei ihj lov* In mighty billows, 
Q Hindi ■ ;■ ■ the ocean roll ; 
Let it rush from saint to sinner; 

icl '" pole to pole. 

Send ii forth In power majestic, 

Nin tli" '."■.:.in- innvr.1 -t.iv. 
Till each soul on thy creation 
Bowt> before i t ^ royal sway. 

" Let the Truth, Lord, like a river, 
Clear as crystal, gently flow; 
Let il fill our hearts, and make them 
Whiter than the driven snow. 
Hear our prayer, O God of n 
We ill v pardon would obtain 
Though our crimes have been as 
Wash us clean from ei ery stain, 

" Let thy grace in ceaseless showe 
From thy presence most divine, 
Fall upon our haughty spirits; 
Let it melt our wills to thine. 
Make us rich in thy salvation; 
Bid our souls from idols flee. 

uld sing the blessed anlhe 



cy! 









" Let thy peace like balm of Gilead, 
Steal inio our every breast; 
Let it hush our griefs and sorrows, 
Lull our troubled hearts to rest. 
Trials gather thick around us. 
Anguish rends these frames of clay 
Unto thee we look for comfort: 
Thou can'st wipe our tears away. 

" Are we bound to sin? O, Father! 
Every chain and fetter break. 
Make us pure, and keep us holy; 
Save us all for Jesus' sake! " 
.Silence fell on every spirit. 
Hushed was every murmur then; 
Angels in the far-off heaven 
Echoed back a deep "Amen." 



CONCIO AD CLERUM. 



H. BALSISAUOH. 



— Sadie Brallier Noffsingcr. 



Thebe are mauy disheartened, downcast, falter- 
iDg ministers in the church of God. Losing 
sight of " the Eternal Pnrpose which He purposed 
in Christ Jesns oar Lord," discouragements; mul- 
tiply, and faith sinks, and hope dims, and love 
cools, until they are ready to resign their office 
and abandon their work. Their hold on God is 
relaxed, they lose their trust in His Providence, 
and their interest in perishing souls is greatly 
diminished. Fervor of affection, energy and 
steadiness of effort, the inspiration of hope, the 
joy of anticipated victory— all go down under the 
pressure of second causes and the gloom of cir- 
cumstances, as they addreBu themselves to the 
senses and the natural understanding. 

This is a chronic complaint. It is as old as sin, 
and the fruit of it. Abraham was afflicted with it: 
Ishmuel is it* product. Jacob pronouueed ad- 
versely on the hidden side of God's good pleasure 
concerning him. Instead oE believing in the 
divine revelation at Bethel, and taking God at 
Hia Word in the face of all apparent contradic- 
tion, he cried out in the agony of bsreaveinent and 
despair, "All these things are against me." 

An infuriated Jezebel could unman the leonine 
Tishbite, and a flippant maid coald frighten the 
bold, impetuous Peter into cursing and swearing in 
confirmation * >f his iguorauce of hi3 blessed Lord 
and Master. ' They all forsook Him and fled." 
Christ Himself felt its bljgbting shadow, being 
" made sin f »r as, although He knew no sin." In 
the trembling " if" of Gethsemane, and the awful, 
heart tearing "why?" on the Gross, the Son of 
Man was put to the utmost straiu short of sin. 
Here we find the full import of the words "all" 
and "without" in Heb. 4:15. 

The forms and immediate causes are many. 
The remedy is one. Self under foot, and Christ 
in the heart, will always clear the sky. How 
quickly the Godman recovered Himself in the 
darkest hourB of His vicarious burdens and de- 
pressions: " Now is my soul troubled: and what 
shall I say? Father, save he from tkis hour: but 
for this cause came I unto this hour: FATHER, 
GLORIFY THY NaME." John 12: 27, 28. 
And then the thrilling, soul-bracing response, 
direct and audible from Heaven: "I haveboth 
glorified it, and will glorify it again." 

In the same minute the depression and the 
triumph I The same in Gethsemane. "If" and 
" nevertheless " contrast "the blackness of dark- 
ness" and "the glory that excelletb." Luke 
22: 42. Earth and Hell clasped hands in des- 
perate earnest to roll together all possible ob- 
stacles to obstruct the progress of " the Lord of 
Glory." '■ He can be touched with our infirmities, 
having been in all points tempteJ like ae we are." 
Heb. 4: 15. 

As the Master, so the disciple. Fiery trials 
are not strange, but an essential belonging to 
those who carry the insignia of the King of kings. 
1 Pet. 4: 12, 13, 14 To be partaker of Christ's 
sufferings is the keynote of the saint's sweetest 
Alleluia. Here is the test of the reality of our 
Celestial citizenship. 

Let the solemn, awful " by and by " of Matt. 
13: 21, sink into our inmost souls, never to be 
eradicated. Even the heroic, God-sealed Harbin- 
ger of the Messiah felt a momentary wilting under 
the shadow of Apollyon, while awaiting the fatal 
stroke of the executioner's axe. But when his 
head dropped into the heartless virago's charger, 
his soul leaped laughing into the Bosom of Infi- 
nite Love. 

How well comes in here the Heaven-blazing as- 
surance of Rom. 15: 4. The best of the Bible 



worthies must record their infirmities along with 
their jublilant conquests over self and Satan, to 
buoy the courage and perfect the peace of all 
whose supreme desire is to "live Godly in Christ 
JeBus." 2 Cor. 12: 8-10. 

We muBt believe in God and His Christ, and 
cling to the Cross at all odds John 14: 1, 27; Gal. 
G: 14. It was consistent for Christ to say, " If it 
be possible," but it would have wrecked the Uni- 
verse had He for one moment resolved to take 
present comfort from the imperative and holy de- 
mands of the Divine will, by allowing the least 
license to the solicitudes of His lower nature. We 
must learn with Paul, even fervently and longing- 
ly to pray for identity with the utter self-immola- 
tion of Jesus. " That I may know Him, and the 

FELLOWSHIP OF HlS SUFFERINGS." Philpp. 3: 10. 

How Bweetly fit at this juncture the words of 
the Apostle in Gal. 6:16. "As many as walk 
according to this rule, teace BE ON THEM, 
AND MERCY, and UPON THE ISRAEL of 
GOD." And no less this: " Be thou faithful until 
death, and I will give thee a crown of life." 
Rev. 2: 10. This same verse reveals the dark 
side of fidelity in terrible aspects; but it opens 
with the heartsome exhortation, " Fear none of 
those things which thou shall suffer," and closes 
with the pjean of coronation. 

God forewarned Paul thus: "I will show him 
what great things he must suffer FOR MY 
NAME'S SAKE." Acts 9: 16. And after he 
had drained the golden cap of Jehovah- Jesus nigh 
to the bottom, he made this angel-aBtounding and 
devil-confounding record: " None of these things 
move me, neither count I my life dear to myself, 
so that I might finish my course with joy, AND 
THE MINISTRY WHICH I HAVE RE- 
CEIVED OF THE LORD JESUS, TO TESTI- 
FY THE GOSPEL of THE GRACE of God." 
Acts 20: 24. 

If such a ministry can not inspire with a hero- 
ism that defies the gates of Hell, then has Christ 
died in vain. If such a vision as Paul prayed 
"the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of 
Glory," to vouchsafe his EpheBian brethren, will 
not keep our love at white heat, and our armor 
bright with constant and arduous Bervice, we have 
not realized our high calling. Epb. 1: 17-20. 

" His power to usward who believe/' even " the 
power that workeih in us," is " exceeding great," — 
no less than " the mighty power which He wrought 
in Christ when He raised Him from the dead." 
Eph. 3: 20. He is "declared to be the Son of God 
with power, according to the Spirit of Holiness; 

BY. THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD." Rom. 1: 

4. And this is the power given to all who be- 
lieve, and this is the preacher's eqaipment in de- 
livering his message. 1 Cor. 2: 4, 5. 

The power of His resurrection," is the only 
panoply, and safeguard, and testimony of the 
child of God, " that no flesh should glory in His 
presence." Believing is not our strength, but it 
permits God to do for us and in us "exceeding 
abundantly above all that we ask or think." In 
Him we have boldness and access with confidence 
by the faith of Him." Eph. 3: 12. Even when , 
" we are shamefully entreated, we are bold in our 
God to speak the Gospel of God xoiih much conten- 
tion" IThess. 2:2. "Why? Here is the glorious 
anBwer. 1 Cor. 15: 58; 2 Tim. 1: 12. 

Will not the weary, heart-Bore ambassador of 
Christ, "thank God, and take courage?" Acta 
28:15. We may be pining and dying in a sense 
of isolation and incapacity, feeling as if forsaken 
of God and man, not knowing nor dreaming that we 
are in close proximity to Beer-lahai-noi. Gen. 
16: 14. God can open a gushing fountain where 
no water is, and give us an En-hakkore in our 
direst extremity. Judges 15: 19. Hagar sfld 
Samson, though dead, yet speak. The two loW- 



Feb. 11, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



lies of inspiration are as open io realization to-day 
as when first written. Heb. 4: 16, and 13: 
Surely, if we "believe with the heart unto right- 
eousness," and thus gain the immanence of Christ 
Himself, we innst testify that "the man of God 
may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all 
good works." Kom. 10: 10; Eph. 3: 17; 2 Tim. 3: 

" / live, yet not I, but Christ litem in me," 
is the blessed Becret, not only of ministerial effi- 
ciency, but of all genuine Christian experience 
and work. Gal. 2: 20. The golden " therefore " 
in 2 Cor. 7: 1, is a Divinely.fixed pivot between 
oause and effect. "I w m dwell in them, and 
walk in them." " Cleanse yourselves from all filth, 
mess of the flesh and spirit, perfecting boliness 
IN the fear of God." Verily, we need a fresh 
revelation of Luke 24: 45, and l' John 5: 20. 
" Without ME ye can do NOTHING," is more 
radically and solemnly true than moBt of us have 
ever conceived. Self-reliance iu some form is the 
black, bitter drop that mars our peace, saps our 
strength, evaporates our courage, puts us to 
shame before Angels, Hell, and Earth. If we 
could only die with Christ, rise with him, aud live 
in the upp^r- world element of Col. 3: 1-4, the very 
gates of Satan's stronghold would crumble before 
us. 2 Cor. 10: 4. 

How many ministers have made themselves 
fully familiar with the biographies recorded in 
the eleventh chapter of Hebrews? The prayerful 
study of that gallery of sacred portraits will exor- 
cise the demon of despondency and slothfulness 
from many a heart. "Take, my brethren, the 
prophets, who have spoken in the name of the 
Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of 
patience; behold, we count them happy which 
endure; ye have heard of the patience of Job" 
and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Loud 
is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." James 
5: 10, 11. And then see how confidently we may 
count on the faithfulness of God. His promises 
are not yea and nay, but yea and amen. 1 Cor 
10: 13; 1 These. 5: 24; Heb. 10: 23. 

Is not the plain, positive promise, and the sol- 
emn, awful oath of Jehovah, enough for every 
duty, every trial, every emergency? Heb. 6:13- 
19. Noah kept hammering away at the ark, year 
after year, amid the insults and rebuffs of an un- 
believing and ungodly world. His faith in the 
Divine veracity sustained him, and made him the 
heir of righteousness. Abel aud Enoch ditto. 
The one was slain by fraternal hands, and the oth- 
er " was not found, because God had translated 
him: for before his translation he had this testi- 
mony, that he pleased Qod." And the inspired 
biographer significantly adds: "But without faith 
it is impossible to please Him." 

Is not Christ's rebuke of the Apostolate mani- 
festly in place to-day, with reference to us all 
and especially the ministry? Mark 16- 14 Abra' 
ham waited long, until all hope, on natural princi- 
ples, had expired, and nothing was left but blank 
despair, or the brightest certainty despite the 
most unequivocal impossibilities. These sublime 
verities are the minister's unfailing incentives to 
perseverance iu his holy office, no matter how 
many or how gigantic his hinderanees may be. 

" Let ns hold fast " to the omnipotence, and in- 
tegrity, and grace of God, " for He is faithful that 
promised." The promise of Eternal Truth is onr 
own salvation and the salvation of others through 
our faithful administration of the "quick and 
powerful word of God." 1 Tim. 4: 15, 16; Heb. 4: 
12. "Have faith in God," is the key that un- 
locks all the treasures of grace. Mark 11: 22-24. 
God has been frank with us, and he asks the same 
m return. See what he has done, and promises 
yet to do. Kom. 8: 31, 32, 35. Hell is foiled; and 
in all things that devils and men can devise or 



perpetrate, "we are more than oonqoirobs 
through Him that loved us " Kom 8: 

Is it not time to ■' lift up the hands whi, 
down, aud the feeble knees"? Heb. 12: 12. 
When we huvo such promises as Epb. 3: 16 and 
G: 10 and Col. 1: 9-11, Bu d Matt 28: 20, and John 
14: 13, 14, ought we uot to be ready with the fear- 
less yet humble testimony of Philpp. 4: 18 and 2 
Cor. 12: 9, 10? Will not every minister who reads 
this, determine afresh to " magnify his offi, 
subscribe heartily to the Rrcat Apostle's cross- 
proclaiming declaration in Acts 20: 24, aud the 
secret of Emmanuel's sucoess? Acts 2: 25, 28. 
Let us endure as seeing Him who is invisible' 
" and have respect unto the recompense of the re- 
ward." Keep your eyes on the double goal. 1 
John 3: 2, and 1 Theas. 2: 19, 20. May we all get 
into the full meaning of those body-aud-Eoul- 
straining words in Philpp. 3: 14, 

SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES. 

BY B. F. M00MAW. 

Number One. 

" Search the Scriptures; for In tl.em ye think ye have eter. 
nal hfe: and they are they whlch.testify of me."— John e: 39. 



As a rule, long life is desirable to all persons, 
especially ir we could be preserved in the enjoy, 
ment of health, the vigor of youth and of man- 
hood. With this we would be willing to remain 
m this world, the labor, the care and worry, con- 
sequent upon securing the necessaries and com- 
forts of life notwithstanding. See what industry, 
economy and frugality, what devotion is observed 
in the business affairs, and what carefulness in 
preserving our health, and, if we become alHicled, 
how earnest we become for restoration! At once 
we apply such remedies as are within our reach. 
These failing, we call the family physician, put 
ourself into his hands, and take the prescription 
he gives. If relief is not obtained, a second is 
called for consultation and advice. The treat- 
ment still not having the desired effect, we hear of 
a specialist in a distant city or country, and he 
must be called at any cost or sacrifice. Unlike 
any other transactions, we take no time or pains 
to have an understanding as to cost; we must have 
the treatment if it takes all we have to meet the 
case. 

It ia said of a former Queen of England that, in 
the closing moments of her life, she exclaimed, 
'• Oh for one moment of timel Millions of money 
for one momentl My whole kingdom for one mo- 
ment of timel " 

Satan comes very near the truth when he said 
concerning Job, " Yea, all that a man hath will he 
give for his life." Job 2: 4, 
Is it not remarkably strange that we will do so 
inch to preserve our natural lives, and prolong 
our time in this world with all its adversities, and 
refuse, or neglect to improve, onr glorious oppor- 
tunities for securing " eternal life,"— offered, as it 
is, without money and without price, and connect- 
ed, as it is, with tho " promise of the life that now 
is, as well as the life that is to come "? 

God, knowing well the condition and the neces- 
sities of humanity, has in all ages graciously pro- 
vided for their comfort aud happiness in this ' 
world and for the fntnre, upon such reasonable 
and fair conditions as to place the whole within 
the scope of our ability and to place us under all 
responsibilities, to the extent, at least, to which 
Divine Revelation has been extended. This ap- 
plies to individuals, to families and to nations. 

"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy 
days may be long upon the land which, the Lord 
thy God giveth thee." Ex. 20: 12. " Therefore 
shall ye lay np these my words in your heart and | 



bind them for a sign upon your 

UaiK, ' u " ' ' frontlets between your 

■ • oHldrer, 

Ihoneittest in thine house! 

and when thou walkeet b, the way, wb eu thou li! 

est down, and when thou risest up. And then 

shall write them Hpo „ the door posts of thine 

house ,, u d upon thy gates: that your days may be 

mulched, Bn d the days of your children, in the 

land which the Lord aware unto your fathers to 

■lays „f heaven upon the earth " 

1>. u(. 11 : IH 'J I, 

"For it is not a vain thing for you; because it 
your life- „nd through this thing ye shall pro- 
long you,- days lu tho land, whither ye g„ over 
Jordan to possess il " Dent 32:47. 

"For with thee is the fountain of life: i„ |u v 
light ■ihall weneo light." r ;; , ;;i; : :i " 

'■" «nd said unto him, 

Good Master, ivhat good thing shall I do, that I 
may have eternal hfe? And he „aid unto him, 
Why oallest thou me good? there is none good 
but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt outer into 
life, keep tho commandments." Matt. 19: 16, 17. 
"Blessed arc they that keep his testimonies'" 
Ps. 119: 2. 

"Blessed are they that do his commandments, • 
that they may have right to the tree of life." Rev. ' 

"Thoy are they which testify of mo." "And 
he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the 
words which I testify among you this day, which 
ye shall command your children to observe to do 
all the words of this law." Deut. 32: 16, 

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets 
he expounded unto them iu all the Scriptures the 
things concerning himself. And he said unto 
them, These are the words which I spake nuto 
you, while I was yet with you, that all things must 
be fulfilled, which were written in tho law of 
Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms 
concerning me." Luke 24: 27, 44. 

" Philip fiudeth Nathanael, and saith unto him 
We have found htm, of whom Moses in the law' 
and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth 
" e son of Joseph." John 1:45. 

The Jews professed to believe the Scriptures as 
written by Moses and the prophets, but had per- 
verted them to suit their carnal inclinations, so 
that, although iu the birth and life of Christ, and 
everything connected therowith, there was a per- 
fect coincidence with the prophecies concerning 
him, they rejected him with the fearful conse- 
quences resulting therefrom,-the overthrow of 
their nationality, the destruction of their temple, 
and their exile among tho nations of the earth! 
If they had believed tho Scriptures and oboyed 
them, their situation, as God's peculiar people, 
might have been perpetual. Bat now God says, 
" Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching 
for doctrines the commandments of men. For 
laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold 
the tradition of men. Full well ye reject the 
commandment of God, that ye may keep your own 
tradition. Making the word of God of none ef- 
feot through your tradition." Mark 7: 7, 8, 9, 13. 
In these things we clearly perceive the want of 
wisdom in substituting tradition or, what is some- 
times called, an interpretation, for the literal 
Scriptures, which are the only rule of our faith 
and doctiine. Thes? interpretations are the work 
of men, who get into position as ministers, and in 
all esses interpret to suit the practice of their re- 
spective denominations, as I propose to show later, 
in the course of succeeding articles on this sub- 
ject. I propose to prove that it is not the busi- 
ness of ministers or other uninspired men to in- 
terpret the Scriptures, but to apply them as they 
are given in the Inspired Volume. 



Feb. 11, 18M). 



..Ana..,, '" ■■ :' ru :r workt ° ! 

TptbeoWol ii I ' ' :-<>>"""d 

rf^r which we 

" ; . [l oother po 

ss 

... .Mil. 1 l 

Denom, i ii of Jern lalenii until 

yoml.v 



grales of persons, -k me mim=™. — - -- --- 

in delivering a good, soulstirr.ng Gospel sermon 
will ventre the assertion, that it will create 
_,e lasting interest in behalf of the church than 
„UthB schemes of ma. put together. The on- 
gregation will continue to come, because they 
tear plain Gospel Truths. He tells them what 
they arc, and what they should do. Itmta. 
them as nothing else will. We want our altar- 
fires to burn-truly they must burn, but we want 
uo " etrange fire," anywhere in the camp. 

Let us ever be assured that it was the deter- 
mined separateness of Christ, and the apostles, and 

Ty Christiana, that gave them their influence 



Mil r J%£ 

emRoi 

theatricala, grao-sa i «-««» on 

Oh I i 

; ,« young lady or gentle- 
man in tOJ i ' , .„,,,,! I Bar ly Christians, that gave them tneir »^"™"~ 
„',„'. for good,- such power that the world could not 
their hard-earned ' "' ".l I' ; " un ,it ra ,nd, and because the world does not under- 
■";•- Z:, ^^.t power no., it wants us to lay aside th, 

u ;x \ t ssa --*-«««- «-«- T t e w : r9 d xr; t£ 

' ,-,-, ssfiSS?: -p*-*- 

„i,i,in with von Eoi - ■' • ,, r i :i 

,,.„,.. i ' ™* e tt Bataomaof the ■ Bubsl ibUl member; 

ST,::. ' ^l%----!-»J 

..... ...,„.i. or "min staring apirits, aent rorCn un >- ,. anf] 8e 



vield, — " give a little," — no. u= ™ r-"~- — 
They know not what they ask for. Th.s giving 
RU d" yielding "a little is the sure way to invite 
trouble into the church Then the same ones 
who wanted the church to yield, will bS the first 
ots to be discouraged, and say: "There ,s so 
-u....„,, " They were the 



to the providential care u, ,-;• ., 
Son of i " ' aP'»V B, J , n 

rmW'i ,'r then, who shall be he,r-o f salva- 
«on" Efeb L:M Ch a let the church be p- 

Tn ('„■ 1-101. as J03U3 prayed, 
Bame jud| on d.1 (1 Dor, '■ h „ B ■■ John 

"that'll - ' - ■'"•' •', " ' ' 3! "it 

17.32. ' " ' " ° „, 

[twilUvailiteal i , '- ! ' " l "' ; ' ' 

ltvu '■...., i. . i; i . . 1 1 io! Dtevailagamat 



,r:Be of it themselves. 
I Well may we say, that this letting the world in- 

Onfoo3-ton.fi ranith like tl ?»» LThaohurch is committing spiritual suicide It 

' ' ' T B "Zt a like a very small leak in the hull of a large 
memoera, « i tag th i out" to such an extent - Uto y ueoe8sitat es a continual dipping 

■ Boingtoaplay-h oom. * ipatsa ^ garely sink tUe t 

>f- '■«'— ■ ll ;. U .:," ierIB£t,tha tene'th the waves. " Wherefore come out 

: ' remedied? U-om amone them, and be ye separate, saitn the 

riood CitrfouohAotthenncleaniMnaianaiwil 

, inters of the good ^ ^ ^ ba & FatQer uato on , and y e 

.. .... „„^ ^anohtars. saiththe ljora 



SUSmS-U. ' ■■■■' '"""te, . . i ,;;„>" old G,spm: 

-.ii _ - ,t i „ .; , j.iln i)ii," — CQ3 IT^Py 



the"Pow.i o I laWatioB.." - IB 

ttogthaj .aide!. Che, beared it away * 
the identical thing! which il nndemas 

2 Tney have ! .at their best and most ^substan- 
tial members by their departure, by Gospel- 
famine " and " worldly-freezes. 

3 T .yhave gaine 1 i astead, a number o »orld- 

1. minded P ' * oirnal T i ^° 

, . , , hurch haa finally 

.,re man J a:j tQ |)e . 



ou, and win oe a i'»"» : ,7 x j 

• U be my sons and daughters, saiththe Lord 
Almighty." 2 Cor. 6: 17, 18. 
Hacjerstown, Ind. 



INSTRUCT THE CHILDREN. 

BV B. B. MILLER. 

halt ten* them diligently unto thy children, 
Lit „t them when thou sittest in thine house, and t 
D y the way, and when thou lie.t down 
,„ ,„ es t up."-Deut. 6: 7- 

In aiving the commandments to the children of 
? .. j_„ t ™w nnmmand them to 



a XhbOHTHIOB BD8T HAVB A POWER THAT THE 

: f :^n : 

° B S J God" John" 
them ao re not 01 uoa. « ;|1 ,,,,, lu . : „ M __ 

lUt °J^c Z To oomTtothe world, eo.thati »ytol 

Whs' » * • Bsoai it M given nn to you w -hnroh as to the world. i In g= T ing the oommanaiuou»» .» — ------ — 

knol the myati « » f tearen ' ^" l0a ,7 1 he more sober and thoughtful go about J J ^ doeB not on i y command them to 

andahall ' Mm ^ »• .^ "*■ gj ^ole to acaoun mtcollapaa. '-"^ wh£lt they meant E,. 12: 26 There was aneed of 

natural ' 1"' call np that faoti saying: " On, ' :" teaching them that they might learn to obey the 

£ God: I ' " 1IJ him: . °f "it m "c'i h: ' ' ! ' l "v " Lord as their parents had done. We know that 

iTtokoowi b^^»^"«J*_\ , c »liyitia." «Y«, ™ aBUte9 £a t6 aoh t.he law to their children; 

a I ' : " t™. £ t Zl : ? " f" ;; ' L ^dite. were «U informed in the law, 

erthefl i, i ' " ha n Tw than they were I ., but I H « > P" lch L v6n d oivn to the time of Christ. 

ft against «^:-r ,ti» nots^t^ T :rL;;: , ;; . b» SX ^ ^ his commandments, and 

lawoEGod ' lM Bom ' 8 - ' ILnca in a ohurah capacity. They have ad m it- d -n ^ » Are we doing our duty 

■6 TBI ^ 1NDET0WIEMTH " ted secret aocietiee, and everything ela e that is ^"^ ^ w6 teach them of Christ and 

Poweu wrrnoor TBE least OoKPBOWBE WITH « »»° d do , tl , me ,.. besides hav ng .^M ' talk to them while at work, 

Z Wo,a,,ou Asumil.tio. to IT.-The church »nt j ^^ aootrin9 „ h , ^ St and in the morning? Children love to 

I U be pr. , i from evil if she will " earnestly ^ io tue world because they.have joined . ;n ,^, and ^ qae8tion9 about hlm 

contend for the I bl h - once delivered ^J^ th9 worId , auc , ua „ become like it. heai^of Ch^,^ 

onto the saints Whfll we have seen above, is but a very small to make the Hlk9 interesting 

i ThbObOBOH. 01 ,.. HBLYBEBEHBF!™ 1W Mh ODnaitlon of 7 d " a l. o "j m 8 ; e euee .lhavenofearof them becoming 

b^ellowbbippinq the OwwirnL Wor,^ of -m ^ ^ -l^^HSw^,, the Bible. To make the talks 

DABKUE8S Modern Christendom has ventured to ^ brotuel . ttud si , ter oE the import- ^^ ice ; t be int erested in the subjec 

"v the project of joining hands with .the world ^ to rem o£ ma J aini[lg our avowed aeparatenesa mteurt *»„ * ^^ iB not the £au l 

the world has " clinched/' and to-day the so called ™<» ^ ^^ ^ M a chm . jk md a3 ind mdn- ™ »f T fear we are not well enough informed 
church ' " t , tbat *" nt h e ad t 'o ■» -^ ber8 Cl£ tkat b ° dy - « t ft. about the Bible that wa can interest the children, 

ot one are lb , i ^- ^{^ Iu m y experience, I am happy lo say that the abo^ ^ ^ ^ ^.^ our8elv69 



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85 



farmer who could not talk aboat bis crops, or a 
merchant who could not tell of his goods? 

IE we will but read and talk more about the 



Bible at all times, we 
being able to expreea ( 
Let U6 feel enough i 
it daily. Let us take i 
school, and all other £ 



naad have no fear of not 
rur thoughts toothers, 
nterest in the Bible, to read 
,n active part in the Suaday- 
ervicea of the church. Jo- 
seph and Mary took Christ with them when 
they went up to Jerusalem to worship. Instead 
of sending, let us take the children to Sunday- 
school, Bible me3tiug, and all church services. 
If you wish the children to attend such places, 
set them a good example. If it is a good place 
for the children, it is a good place for the parents, 
for all can learn of the works of the Great Teach- 
er. 

Let us endeavor to do more toward the instruc- 
tion and salvation of the children. 
Mt. Morris, III 



THE GOSPEL OPPOSED TO SELFISHNESS. 



BY SAMUEL T, HA11NES. 



" For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begot- 
ten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life." — John 3: 16. 

God is love, and the universe is but a vehicle or 
medium for the circulation and diffusion of his 
love. Full of blessedness himself, hisgoodnesa is 
visible every-where. 

We, too, should render due benevolence, first 
unto God, and then uuto each other. The apostle 
charges them that are rich in this world that they 
11 be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches 
but in the Living God, who giveth us richly all 
things to enjoy." 

Heaven, with all its amplitude, was too confined 
for Infinite Love. He had to enlarge the sphere 
of his beneficence. He created mau, — a creature 
whose happiness, equally as that of angels, is de- 
rived from God. By rendering us necessary to 
each other's welfare, besought to train us to an 
humble imitation of his own goodnesa, — he 
meant to teaoh us the divine art of benevolence, 
to find our own happine33 froai the joy of others. 
If the oreation of angels was meant to exemplify 
how much his creatures could enjoy, the creation 
of man is intended to show how much they can 
impart, for he means every heart and every hand 
to be a consecrated channel of his love. Had tbi* 
great idea been realized, the world would have 
been a ecene of joy. Clothed in a roba of hapr»i 
ness, with charity for a girdle, feasting at perpetual 
banquets of benevolence, there would have been a 
whole order of intelligent beiug-i, of one heart and 
one mind, — a heart beatiug in concert with heaven, 
and diffusing, with every pulse-beat, life, health 
and joy to the remotest members of the body. 

To show that the Gospel ia calculated and ar- 
ranged on the principle oc restoring to the world 
the lo3t spirit of benevolence, Jehovah resolved 
on first presenting to mankind an unparalleled ex- 
hibition of grace, — au exhibition which, if, it 
failed to rekin lie the extinguished love of man, 
should at least have the effect of converting his 
angels into seraphs, aud his saraphs iufco fiauies 
of fire. The ocaan oE the diviae love was stirred 
to its utmost depth. The Father, the Son aud the 
Holy Spirit embarked their infinite treasures iu 
the cause of human happiness. "God so loved 
the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth on him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life." 

God could not give us more, and the vast limit- 
ations of his grace could not be satisfied by be- 
stowing less. He resolved to pour out the whole 
treasury of heaven that we might be forever 
blessed. Here is love, defying all computation. 



1 , ,■ ■. ■-. 
with gratitude. It should urge ns to replace our 
seltiahueas with a sentiment of g >m 
sive benevolence. 

Christ came into the world n3 the embodied love 
o ; i God; heato 
or eternit 

heirs of all 01 led I pre 
.;■ uted the ohai > ■ I b 

ing should feci i 
his Love, for he plea 
ing Eor himself. V\ '■ lid 

vantage of mi'i Salfishu i from 

his preseueo. He assumed ouv nature that he 
might be able to suffer in our ste B 

his bosom anl weloom-xl to his heart the stroke 
which wo had deserved. Iu aH he did, he thought 
of the world. He du man. He came to 

be th li ,: ■ I ' I h .v I : and Btood ay 
the centre of attraction to a raoa of beings, scatter- 
ed and dissipated by the rep p ■ . of selfish- 
ness. He proposed, by the p »wer of the cross, to 
draw all men uuto him, ! ; had room for 
the whole rase. The whole ot his life is ; hi to 
of pure and infinite benevolence, one continued 
act of condescension, a vast aud uubroken descent 
from the heights >! '-' • ■- Due form oil a serv- 
ant, tho life of an outcast, and the death of a male- 
factor. 

Christ's character ia a study of gooine 1, a 
study for tho universe It it the c ■ ipti >u of a 
Being of infinite meeknesp, seekin bo on i o the 
heart of a selfish world the rid laving 1 st the 
origiual idea of goodness and uuli into a state of 
universal selfishness, cist's character wa* 
calculate I to c ■ all ; ■ i ; iu'CB'J ipirit of b tnavo- 
lence, to bn 3 iz i ■ ■■ ■ I te " : Q i it of love. 

The world could not bi oonviaosd of fielrjUhuess 
and charmed into benevol uc ■ . lq a pe-ota- 
clo, even, of Divln i L iv i. "' i ,! : I . cm bj un- 
derstood only by sympathy. Tho glorious specta- 
cle of love, us beheld iu God, is to be turned into a 
living principle in u-s For this end the Holy, 
Uneonfined an I Infinite Spirit cime up m i ' : 
ciples. He came like a rusEing, mighty wind, 
with fullness and a power. Hia offije was, to en- 
i grace, as 

re hi and universal ;i- < ; i j el im mtal aic which eo 
cdmpasse i th gl e 

When once the pe established, 

every weapon of raven:; » fall from the 

hands of mau. Ev apil Let of i > ■'■ 

on their lipd. Has th 

b a brought about? Haeitaobj a realized? 

More th-m eighteen iiaairoj yeirs have 
since it was brought into operation. Has its de- 
sign succeeded? Alas! the question seems a 
taunt, — a mockery. 

We pass in thought, from yh> picture we have 
drawn, of what the Gospel wai intended to effect, 
to the onfcsmplati a o thiags as they are, and 
the contrast appals us! We Lift our eyes from the 
picture, and - ■..■<■ keningf im kdi 
of happiness to find the en i tt w >■ : ■ ■ i hi 

■i .... | the plea ; riai ■ ■ has fled I Why 
thus? \J i hifia rto threat, 

ened with the i iHui i'ofa •■■■ human experi- 
ment? The recollection that God is its 
.. . I tilnre. 

When 5 .■■'-,■■ : ; 

triu ophed in i p o '- No form of !fi h 

,i .■ ml [ before ■ forth eon- 

qn-riug and to conquer; "alt that believed were 
united together, and had all ihings common, and 
sold their posses d tL^m to all men 

as every man had need. 1 ! y where, 

preachiDg the Gospel. They felt they I eld in 
their hands the Bread of Life for a furnishing 
world. They could not do otherwise, for the love 
of God constrained them. They felt the respon 



sibility resting upon their position, find realized 
: constituted trustees for the world, 
executors of aSavi , happi- 

ness to xnnn through the Gospel, Death eonfront- 
cul ion came upon 
them in all its teiror and and planted 

itself inthi ' gs moved 

them. XI I] continued 

ma] rid happy, fur 

o ' [by] i death. 

The w<><! lever be- 

fbre li id it behel hing gave 

way before them; oitj od province 

after provinoe; yot the whole e< cret of their power 
was love. Diversified as in mind and 

age, one interest prevailed, o desin swallowed 
up every other, and ther - w re i h ivings ns to who 
should do most for tha i ■ the reign 

of love. A fire bad been kindled in the earth 
which eoBsuuieu th eolfi eri .iierever 

it came. The sacrifice oJ Ihrist upon Calvary 
seonres the redemption ol the whole human 
family. The apostle telle us I e to led dei th for 
every man ¥es, Christ red med us from 

the bn ken law > eclfisbness, i nd hue restored 
> e pi r it of true beni ?olenoe. 
Nat Mil Home. 0. 



ONE DAY AT A TIME. 

j\ obbtain lady bad met wi 

i , ■ . , , ' Burgical 

operation end man conl ■ ufi ■ " : to her 

bed. When I rian h wort 

and was i b li . I : patient auked, 

" Doctor, '■ Ll I lie here help- 
lesB?" 

"0, only one day at a time," wae the cheery 

... « . ■ .. (, "'n- 

forted for the mom ut, bu ■ ; luring the 

succeeding ; ho i at, "only 
one day at i tim back wiih its quieting 
ini] . ■ 

I think H ■ li< e . ho rei ommended 

taking "ehi rl I tewa " ae ■ go ' a fo- guard against 

needless worry: and I i h) i id, 

"Take, t!u cefore, no thi For i - row, for 

the morrow i hall tali I I th hings of 

itself. Bufficii n innto the d he i ril there- 
of."— SeZ, 

What a tendernei | itl ichment 
there is in thai phrase, I heap 
bj a on ! " WiiaL an intim si Every 
.... high or i amb i i better known by Je- 
sus than any child by ite ow ther. All our 

peculiar weaknesses al] our mts and griefs and 
bickslidingv, sa well aa our peculiar capabilities 
for hie service, are perfectly pluin to him. The 
valley of death is no new place to hira; for he 
li** not only trod it himself, he b<»8 led myriads of 
hi,, re e med on : ' On bl e resurrec- 
tion morj tbe Bhepherd, 
has come oai of 1 i! " urat 

/■iii- !.■■■.■ e 

our dec all Mimugh 
bl i '■ ■ < ' : ■ Leader is 

en going on bel duty of a 

godly life ie sni \m< ■ ' word, fol- 

lowing Jesus. — Sal. 



The Palmist boa said h o '• 

man are ordered ! lighteth 

in his wa know tbit our 

course, if we an cbild on lines 

which he baa laidi H ^ and 

dreary pilgrim^, , -<.d. plana 

for us, and that v.^ , ; i is way 

is formed and fasl in«to his will, and 
*in it we shall honor and glorify him.— Set. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Feb. 11, 1890. 



BY LANDON WEST. 

Omi acquaintance, of lalo, with the various con- 
ditions o£ the people, ban led us to to thi tl 
o£ thtir want as to the supply of the Bread of. Life, 
Tho Bible was given totl iqaaint its 

people with the will of God, and, in this way, let 
all men see tbo way to heaven. Thi 
bothgreal llu J' tlie aooept- 

auce of ull men, Bat there are many hindorances 
to its Bucoess, both is its design and mission. 
And what is most discouraging to the friends of 
its work, is the faot that ■ snem, of 

late, to be more on the increase, and, of course, 
the good woi ■ morel 

One of tho main difficult) i 1 to I lot with, 

in spreading the Word among the people, is the 
cost of Biblee, and yi t all lhe whilel 
np high and strong that " the Word of L- 
to all men " 

A book with large print) suited to tho eyes of 
both old and young, and containing all from Gen- 
esis to Kevelatious, makes a largo volume, This, 
bound in good, substantial binding, sells at too 
high a price for tho masses, for the maj 
the people are poir. To noil thoro a Book that 
they can pay tor, or, if not, t-> donate ; > 

alwajs gives bo them a Book with Bmall lype. 

This on i feature onte off tl lder ones,— tl e mea 

who would read and lovo it most lu getting such 
a Bible, without refei ; ' 

oan never make the Word o£ God an easy study, 
h rei I much they may wish it. 

This one cause, — a high prios for a large print, 
and Bmall typo for a srnall price, or even a gift, 
line against the poor, and especially the 
older people among them, which they can not 
overcome, and keeps the Bread of Lite from thou- 
sands who would take it, aud be happy to obtain 
it. "Tho poor among men can not rejoice in the 
Holy One of Israel (see Isn. 2a: li)) for they do 
not get to learn of him. 

Another hinderauco is, that tho popular Family 
Bibles of t >.day aro too largo, too heavy, and con- 
tain more thau the poor and those with but a lim- 
ited education can either understand or afford to 
pay for. The large siz 3 , aud vast collection, of 
items, helps, etc, for the student aud the schol- 
ar, make tho high price that I have named; but 
the weight and "bulk (thirteen and one-half pounds) 
are too great for the ugod aud the weak ones, 
old or youug, to bear, and, of course, the Book 
oan not be easily read by them. All thiB because 
there is too muoh connected with it. Ou this ac- 
count vast uumbsrs do not read the Bible, who 
would be williug and happy to do so. The daily 
use of so large a volume as- we see in many homes, 
will soon wear the Book out, for its binding can- 
not support its great weight and constant use. 
We often hear it said: '• I do not use our Bible 
very much, for I do not want to wear it out." 

For this reason wo see the dusty Bibles, so oft- 
en spoken of by some ministers, for the Bible that 
is not used always puts on the mourner's dress of 
sack-cloth and ashes. A Bible in idleness, and 
covered with duet, is no oredit to any family, nor 
an honor to God, his cause or his people. 

That the Bibles of to day contain too much out- 
side matter, and assume more the character of a 
museum than that of a strait aud nan 
to heaven, has long been seen aud regretted by 
many. 

They contain too many pictures aul attempts 
to illustrate the sayings of God with peuoil aud 
paint in a human hand, which is always a failure. 
Whose paiut or pencil has yet set forth the agony 
in the Garden, or the horrors of the crucifixion? 



piotures in our Bibles, which help to make their 
Bize, and also their cost, give the Book more the 
character of a show- case, than that of the Way of 
Life, while, at the same time, not a few of the at- 
tempted illustrations do more to mystify the Word 
than t> illustrate it, and others aro in direct oppo- 
sition to the Word spoken. Take the various il- 
js on baptism, and compare with Acts 8: 
■ il Horn. 6: 4, 5, and sea, if you can, where 
the light comes from in the picture. Its light is 
darkness. 

Worse thau all, our Bibles, in many cases, are 
no more than " keep-safes" for our family idols, — 
place for a full collection of the photographs of 
our special friends. This one feature dees more 
to divert the minds of our young people from the 
reading of the Word, and, at the same time, wear 
out the Bible, than any other one cause. Tho Bi- 
ble, with its album, is turned to a score of times 
to Bee the shadow of some dear one on earth, when 
it is not sought oucb for the mind of Him who 
spoke from heaven. This is idolatry in its mod- 
ern form, for the creature is loved and sought for 
more thau the Creator. While Bachel kept her 
father's idols all to herself, eo that neither her fa- 
ther nor her husband knew of them or were able 
to find them, now they are kept in onr Bibles and 
ou onr stands, that all the world may see them. 
Here the Light is driven away, and the Word is 
choked ont, all because our Bibles contain too 
much. 

The Bibles of to-day are like tho temple when 
our Savior came to it. There is too muoh of the 
world, and not enough of heaven in them. There 
is so muoh of the world in them that the Word of 
heaven is not heard. The true light cau not shine 
forth as it should, and is, of course, not Been. 

Another cloud that has of late ome over the 
Sun of Righteousness is the Parallel Translations, 
now being put forth for the masses, namely, Eing 
James' Translation, of 1607, and Queen Victoria's 
Translation, of 1881. This form may assist schol- 
ars and critics in comparing the work of the two 
committees, but it can not help tho unlearned to 
obtain the mind of God. The new form msy give 
quite a harvest to publishers and book-agenta, 
while the sensation lasts, but that same form is a 
hinderanoe, rather than a help, to the cause of 
God, for it gives us a Book of double size, weight 
and cost, and will do more to confuse the masses of 
England and America than any other issue ever 
made It bears its cloud upon its own face, for 
all can see,, if they will examiue, that the Ameri- 
can Committee, in the last translation, is not sat- 
isfied, nor doeB it approve of the work of the En- 
glish Committee upon the same translation. 

This all tends to darken the counsel of God, 
and, of course, keeps the True Light from the 
great mass of both of the nations. The Light is 
being made darkness all the while. 

Such confusion is not wanted. Let us have a 
Bible for the people, all men, all nations, YEA, 
ALL THE WORLD ! See the heathen without 
a Bible, and the heathen with a Bible. The one 
is in darkness, beoause the Light has not come, 
and the other beoause his Light, — his Bible, — is 
under a cloud. What a Bight! For God's sake- 
yea, for the Son of Man's sake, let us have the 
cloud taken away, that every soul may see the 
true Light that has oome into the world. 

Let us have a Bible of good print, with referenc- 
es aud concordance, sold for a low price to all who 
can buy, aud given to all who can not, and let this 
be put into the hands of the poor, the aged and 
the Bick. Let it be read to the youn 
learned, the helpless and the dying. The result 
of thus going out into the streets and lanes of our 
cities, and into the highways and hedges of the 
world, to gather in the poor, and the maimed, anil 



"they shall come from the East and from the 
West and from the North and from the South," 
and sit down " iu the kingdom of God." Luke 14: 
29. ^^ 

LEANING UPON CHRIST. 

BY SOLOMON SCHUBERT. 

Onk of the last things which men are apt to 
learn is, that they have no strength of their own, 
and that they must lean wholly upon Christ As 
we advance in the Christian life and teBt the weak- 
ness of other helps, one by one, we become con- 
vinced that Jesus is the only safe support on 
which to lean. 

Wicked men repel the insinuation that they oan 
not break the power of evil habits whenever they 
choose, and they ridicule the failures of those 
who are tryiDg to follow Christ. It is only those 
who undertake to antagonize sin in their hearts 
that realize the fierceness of the warfare which 
ages in the human soul. They, with Paul, feel 
constrained to cry out, "Who shall deliver me 
from the body of this death?" 

Only those who lean hard upon Jesus know the 
fullness of his love. Jesus is our brother and we 
can fully trust him. A gentleman once said to a 
little boy, " How many brothers have you? " The 
child stated the number, adding, "aud one in 
heaven." His mother interposed, "No, my eon, 
you have no brother in heaven." " Yes I have," 
said the boy. " Did you not tell me that God was 
my Father and that Jesu9 Christ is the Son of 
God? Then he must be my brother in heaven." 
Jesus is the friend and brother of all who trust 
him, and they may lean hard upon him. 

The enemy of our souls often attacks us from a 
quarter where we least expected it. Satan ap- 
proaches ns in the garb of an angel of light, and 
we entertain him sometimes without discovering 
our mistake. Often we long to be lifted into a 
closer communion with God and to have our love 
for his Word increased. For this we agonize in 
prayer, and contend against the evil desires of 
our heart. We discover that our strength is fail- 
ing, aud, in our extremity, we lean upon Christ 
and receive the help we need. We exult in our 
new-found support and exolaim, "I have done 
with doubts and fears; I am through the Valley 
of Humiliation; I have risen to the higher life." 

No matter what is our trial, if we lean upon Je- 
sus we will receive help. Some float on the sur- 
face of the sea of trouble like a cork, — others sink 
at once to the bottom like foundering ships. 

Some run away and seek to escape their own 
thoughts. Some coil themselves up into a stoical 
indifference. Some brave trouble and defy it. 
Some carry it as a tree does a wound, until new 
wood overgrows and oovers the gash. A few learn 
the divine art of leaning upon Christ and so di- 
viding their sorrows as to bear them as a myste- 
rious joy, so that they suffer gladly, rejoicing in 
infirmity. As the darkness increases and the light 
departs from their eyes, they may, by faith, aee 
nobler things than sight can reach. 
Alvada, Seneca Co., Ohio. 



There have been none, nor cau there be any. The"! the halt, and the blind can only be known when 



Theiie are no fixed stars in the firmament of 
mankind. Each shines for the time appointed, 
and is then blotted out to make room for others. 
But the heavens never grow wholly dark, for as 
one great light fades, flickers, and is extinguished, 
another appears in an unexpected quarter. Every 
age has its exceptional men, and though it may 
seem impossible to fill their places when they de- 
part, it somehow happens — such is the riohness 
of human nature — that their places are always 
filled.— Sel. 



Feb. 11, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL ME8SENGEB. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



rch, county and State. Be briefl Not 



Notes of Travel. 



NUMBER. VII. 

lNourld8twe had jnst arrived here (Medioal 
Lake) and will now give some more of our ex- 
perience iD frontier missionary work. The Dis- 
ciples commenced meetings in the house where 
the Brethren usually held meetings, about a week 
before we got here, and as Sunday, Jan. 12, 
was the regular appointment for the Brethren, 
they would have given way for us, but the Metho- 
dist minister being ill, he requested us to fill his 
appointment on Sunday and Sunday evening in 
the Oongregntional house, with the privilege of 
continuing the meetings all the following week, if 
we saw fit. Hence, on Sunday, at 11 A. M. and 7 
P. M., we met with them and had fair and very at- 
tentive congregations. 

On Monday, at 7 P. M., we met again, but onr 
congregation was quite small. Bro. Lahman was 
not present. I had left him at his temporary 
home, across the lake, about 3 P. M., with the in- 
tention of coming, so I concluded there must be 
something wrong. 

I conduoted the meeting as bast I could under 
the circumstances, and not knowing what had be- 
fallen Bro. Lahman, and having a boil or car- 
buncle on the Bide of my neck, I, with the consent 
of the congregation, withdrew further appoint- 
ments. Next day it commenced snowing again 
and continued for several days, so our meetings 
would likely have been discontinued at any rate. 
We afterwards learned that Bro. Lihmau was tak- 
en with a severe pain in his side, just when 
he should have started to meeting and thought it 
not advisable to go. I suppose he had what is 
called "La Grippe" or KusBian influenza. A 
number of the citizens of Medioal Lake are arfliot- 
ed with the same disease. 

On Sunday, Jan. 19, was the regular appoiut- 
ment, about twenty-four miles west, near Mondo- 
vi. Bro. Lahman, not feeling well enough to ac- 
company me, I volunteered to go alone, being di- 
rected which way to go. I went to the depot at 
the usual time, 10 A. M , bat was delayed until 
7 P. M. I got to Mondovi about 9 P. M , started 
after the train as directed, until I thought I had 
gone fully far enough to be to the^rossing (about 
half a mile) leading to Bro. Samuel Forney's, 
son of Bro. John Forney, of Kansas, but fiually 
conoluded to go back to town and wait until morn- 
ing and then start out afresh in 6earch of Bro. 
Forney. 

Mondovi has a little grocery store and blaok- 
smith-shop, besides the depot, which was not 
open. I went to the store and told them who I 
was, and where I was going. They said it was 
the easiest matter in the world to find the way to 
Forney's. I said probably it was to one who was 
acquainted and in the day-time, but to an entire 
stranger and at night, it was not bo easy, and I in- 
sisted on staying all night. They said they could 
not keep me. I then said, if they would only 
give me protection I would lay on the floor. 
They then made me a comfortable bad on the 
floor, where I had a tolerably good night's rest. 
I started out again on Sunday morning, about 
daylight, for Bro. Forney's. I followed my 
traoks of the previous night, up the railroad, and 
found I had tamed back just about one hundred 
yards before I got to the crossing which leads up 
to his buildings, I found Bro. Forney and family 



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enjoying their usual health, and remained with 
them until Tuesday, Jan. 21. I had a pleasant 
visit, but held no meetings on aecouot of the 
roads being blockaded with snow. The snow i B 
reported from two and one half to four feet deep 
on the level, but the former statement is near- 
er correot, I got back Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 P. 
M., stayed over night in town, at Bro. Fry's, and 
came here, to Bro. Lahuinn's, yesterday, Jau. 22. 
I found Bro. Lahman considerably better than 
when I left. I now have s boil on eaoh side of 
my neck, but otherwise my health is good. 

We ore now making arrangements to return to 
Spokane Falls tomorrow, Jan. 24, where we expect 
to form a new organization, and have a love-feast 
on Saturday, the 25th. It is snowing again to-day 
as hard as ever, and the trains may be snow- 
bound again. We think we have learned by this 
time that the winter season is not the beBt time to 
do missionary work in this northern climate. 

, r ,. , D. E, Pkice. 

Medical Lalce.Wash. 

To the Brethren and Sisters of Martin County, Ind, 



The year which is now in the past has had its 
heart-aches, but if you are the true ohildren of 
God, the sorrows of the past may be healed and 
the broken hearts bound up. If you are not what 
you ought to be, God will not sanctify your troub- 
les and disappointments to yonr good. If you 
have been busy laying up treasures in heavon, the 
past year has been a happy and a prosperous one, 
bat if you have been entertaining foolish thoughts 
aud selfish desires, now is the time to take them 
out and fill their places with holy zjal and love to 
God, that thia may be the brightest and best year 
of your Christian warfare. 

You must ever remember that this present life 
is simply a pilgrimage to a belter country, aud to 
a city whose Maker and Builder is God. Every 
year brings you, with me, one step nearer our 
true and eternal home; hence oar citizenship 
should be in heaven and oar thoughts, oar hopes, 
and our aspirations, should be constantly fixed on 
things above. When we know that this life is but 
a vapor, that soon passeth away, why should we 
not, in earnestness, ask God to teach us to number 
our days, and apply our hearts unto wisdom, so 
that, when the hour of death draws nigh, we may 
fall asleep in Jesus, only to awakeu in that beauti- 
ful home where death aud partings are no more? 
Life is a journey and the end is near. It is al- 
so a voyage and the port will Eoon be in sight, It 
is unlike the voyages of this earth, for when once 
we launch out on the sea of death, there will be no 
friendly harbor into which we may turn for re- 
pairs. Then, let us use all diligence in making a 
perfect preparation so that our voyage may be 
victoriouB one. 

It is a sad reality to each one of us, that the 
further we go on life's journey, the fewer of the 
friends of youth are left to keep us company. 
Should I ever be permitted to return to the home 
of my youth, and inquire for friends and dear ones 
in the Lord, I shall be told that some, at least, 
have been relieved from the cares of earth by the 
icy finger of death. 

Life should bo a scene of happiness, but we all 
know that it abounds in many trying things. The 
only and best thing to do is to take up the burden 
of life with a brave and honest heart, ever remem- 
beriug that every blessing brings responsibility: 
and a bleEsing despised or slighted will bring con- 
demnation upon us. Our friends and loved ones 
in Christ may go hand in baud with us to the very 
brink of the cold waters of death, and do much to 
soothe and sustain us as the last hoar draws near, 
but there is a point, bayoud which human help 
can not reach, — yes, a point where the breath will 



fail, the eyes will dose and the heart will oease to 
beat, but if we have acoepted Jeans as our Savior, 
in deed and in truth, and have fought the good 
fight of faith, he will bo onr stay and our staff in 
the hour of death, that we may fear no evil. 
Gkndora.Cal D- A. Norokobs. 

Our Meeting. 

Deo. 29 Bro. Edmuuil Book, of Blaiu, Perry 
Co., came to us and commenced a series of meet- 
ings. Ho continued until the evening of Jan. 11, 
preaching, in all, twenty uermone, iuclnding one 
funeral sormou. We had interesting meetings, 
with crowded houses almost etcry night during the 
first week. During the second wook the congre- 
gations were somewhat reduced, on account of 
that noted disease,—" Lu Grippe," — taking hold 
of a great many people. The best interest pro- 
vailed throughout the meeting. The hearts of 
Christians were aroused to action, nnd sinuers 
were made to tremble. Deep impressions were 
made upon the minds of the people, aud some, we 
know, are halting between two opinions. As an 
immediate result, two souls were made willing to 
unite with the people of God, but, on account of 
sickness, have not baon rooeived yet Tho members 
soem much revived and bailt up in tho faith. All 
seemed interested in listening to tho Truth, and to 
the earnest appeals of our brother, aud wo hope 
the good seed whioh was sown will, in dae season, 
spring up aud bring forth much fruit. 

Bro. Book went f romhere to the Goodville ohurch 
with the intention of holding a meeting, but, be- 
fore the appointed time, he took siok, nnd being 
unable to do the work desired of him, started 
home. Lizzik M. ShELLENBERQER. 

Richfield, Pa. 

From the Salem Church, Ohio. 

We commenced a series of meetings Jan. 4, and 
closed last night. We had meetings every night, 
with the exception of one, and also in the day- 
time, a good part of time. 

As stated in a former lutter, Bro. Lnodon West 
did the preaching. The meetings, on account of 
the inclemency of the weather, and the prevailing 
epidemic " La Grippe," woro not as well attended 
as desired, yet wo had fair congregations all the 
time, and the best of order aud attention prevailed 
during our meetings. Our brother spoke with 
power aud demonstration of the Spirit, and wo 
trust that tho good 6ead sown may produce copi- 
ous fruit. 

There were no accessions to the church at this 
time, but some are conuting tho cost. May the 
blessings of God rest upon all, aud may sinners 
join in with the people of God, is our prayer! 
JrasE K. Brumbaugh. 



To the Middle District of Indiana. 

In behalf of the little band of members in the 
Winnemac congregation, which is in my care, I 
make this appeal. We desire to make a report of 
all the churches who have responded to the call 
for aid in coustructing a church-house in the 
above-named congregation. While quite a num- 
ber of the churches of the District responded 
promptly and some quite liberally, yet there are a 
number who have not. We hope that all, upon 
seeing this notice, will remit at once; as there are 
still some funds needed to complete the house. 
Send nil donations to Christian Brechbill, Treas- 
urer, Monlicello, White Co., Indiana. 

A. 8. Culp. 



" The senses are the gates of onr soul, and, 
therefore, they need to be strongly guarded." 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 

Is the r< cofjni 1 d organ oi the ( fi rman Bapti ' ' ■ Eh 
ren'a > hu ch, and advocati the forn of d ■ ■ lit i 

the New 1 ■ 1 1 plead for a return to apt 

primitive I .... ' 

li i. ; ttv . ' • tm .1 n ■ .' Ij Inl lllb 

of faith ami prnctlce, and mail tains that Faith to 

Repentant c from di id worl , B atton of ll 

mind, bapti nn by Trine 1 EMna unto 

the n 1 ption oi the I [olj I !hoi t by the laying on 1 
are the means of adoption In iod,— thi 

church ml 

ft si 1 ... .'..I aln 1 tight In John 13 

b 'ii. ■■■ ' ample aid command of J u Iu»< rved 

. . 1 hurch. 

That the I 

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Eull meal, and, In co lection w\ 1 tli Commu 
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That the tie Holy K!»s, or Kl 

Is binding upo Christ, 

That Wai ■ I latlon conti to 1 pirii ai d 
self-denying principles of the reltg i .... 

Thai the principle < i Plain 1 '■ 
lly to the world, aa laughi i. ■ 1 

observi .1 by the followei ■ of Christ, 

That the Scriptural duty of Anointing the Sick ith Oil, 
in the Nam I I, j limes >: 14, Is blndln 

Christians. 

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the G..i j.':i and tor I Ion 1 

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theories and i . 

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Buo. 
to Girai d, 111. ■[ 

labor in the Masb c ■ ■. in 



lino. George D. Zollab 

ime among the ehurcl > aching 

tho Word of Truth Mty God hies* Lis labors! 



Joseph Holder reqaeata 

188 is on .-..< d Ej ' ■ lenter to 

.;:■■, Hancock Co., Ohio, ai 
, ■. :■ during Pi brn ■■ - id M 
i a ubove. 



EL0HI8EDE0 reoeivod litbes of Abral im, 
b "Fall his upoils. Should n >t Christ, who 
. to per after the order of H^lchisedee, 
1 ■ ■ \ - ithes from those of us who profess to fol- 
low him? Who will answer this question other- 
wise then in the affirmative? 

Bno. E. B. Bagwell, of Pitabnrgh, Ohio, says 
ires to give a hearty indorsement to Bio. L. 

W. Teeter's article, " Tho Church and Church 
p ork," iu current volume, No. 4, page 58 He 
li I a Hi ' article is worth the price ol pap t 

for a year, and suggests a re- reading by a!3. 



Ln a private letter, dated Jan. 28, 1800, Bro. R. 

I r, in referring to His health, says: "This 

i-; my firat altempt to write a letter since 1 was 

siok, a little over a mouth ago. I am mend- 

Blowly from a nervous trouble which has 

i (1 my heart, and this Beems to be the great- 

ei i. difficulty in my case. My dootor tells me that 

L can not do any preaching this winter." We 

.. w our readers will rejoice with us that Bro. 

; - health is improving, and 

tie to use the pen. We are aorrj o leai a 

be unable to do any preaohiog during the 

r, but we hnpa that when the Bummer comes, 

he will be fully restored to health, and be again 

o go out about the Master's work! 



Bro. Allen Boi sn ai 
recently paeBed the ti ■ i. - ■ ■ - ■ mil 
married life. May they have many more years of 
usefulness in the church and in the world, ib the 
wish of the Messenger family! 



Bro. h. H. Eby commencrHi meetings in North 

Topeka, Kane., Jan, 22, and expected to continue 

to labor there for some time. He found about fif- 

q Tjiembers in and around the city. His 

meetings are fairly well attended, and ths interest 

i I. Bro. E >y finis that visiting from 'house 

to house, and distributing tracts, is a great help 

i.i the work. We are glad to know 

bl b i are pushing the work in sows oi: -our 

towns and oities. Let us h*ve more faith, aud a 

b roug i truBtiu God, and less prophesying that, 

or oh, we can never succeed in towns and 

aud eacees* will be more lib-iy to crown 

our efforts. Earnest, consecrated effort, backed 

by a faith that believes, and an humble ferust in 

God, will accomplish wonders. Having this, and 

1 ■ the Lord with us in all our w >rk, w ■ may 

»e for BUC06B8. Th3 apostl-s and their f« ; i iw- 

era were a despised baud. They were evil spoken 
! sides. They were driven from city to 
city, and scourged from place to place. They 
we e imprisoned, and many of then) pufe to death 
QSBes of JeBUS, bat we never hear them 
talking about their methods heing a failure. One 
thing they did, forgetting all else, and that wa 

Ohriat, ami him crucified — the G 
tho Sou of God. If we take the same G ■ *;, La d 
preach if. in the towns aud citjen, with the faith 
1 of the primitive CorUtian, we shall only 
b d in ■ our duty, and God "■"ill tike care of re- 
sults. I3iu let us not disc mnl ■ nd invite 
failure by going about the w >rk in a 

. . that we are going to fail. Sac 
doesn't crown efforts of that kind. Li 

■' b go into the towns aud cities, visit from 

, di tribute I caots, and teach th 

; aud let this work continue for years, 

j who eug-ige in it ba amply supported. 

And if, after this has been fairly tried for years, 

success does not come, then it will be time enoagh 

to talk about failure. 



Bro. Henry Fiuntz writes us that he ie again 
at his home in Ohio. He had an eojoyable visit 
in California and the West. At their church 
meeting Bro. Jacob Sandy was advanced to the 
second degree, and Bro. William Bowser was 
elected to the ministry. Bro. David Hoover, of 
Indiana, had commenced a aeries of meetings in 
tho Central meeting-house. 



Our readers will remember that some time ago 
we published a letter from Hodgeusville, Ken- 
tuoky, asking that a minister come to that place, 
and preach the Gospel. After some correspond- 
ence, Bro. I. J. Rosanberger consented to go and 
fill the call. He reached rXidgeaaville. Ky-» Jan. 
17. He was unable to secure a .public place in 
which to preach, aud commenced meetings in a 
private house. He continued the meetings one 
week, cud closed, affer b-iptiziuj three — Bro. Hill, 
hia mother aud sister. Bro Rjsonberger says 
that the people v7ere greatly impressed with the 
doctrine, and many expressed their minds as being 
willing to accept primitive Christianity. These 
people had never seen a member of our oharch un- 
til Bro. Rosenberger went there. A copy of the 
Messenger, sent by some qaiat missionary, opened 
the way for the work that ha3 already been done, 
aud the field seem=! to be white for the harvest 
The work already clone needs to be followed up. 
A brother and sister should go thereat oaee, and 
labor iu the new field. A sister's help will be es- 
pecially needed, From Hodgensville Bro. Rosen- 
berger went to Couuellaville, Taylor Co., Ky., 
where ha found four membu^. H^re, too, a la- 
borer is needed, Bro. Rosanberger says he is fa- 
vorably impressed with the outlook in Kentucky, 

d we are glad to know he is willing to labor, to 
some extent, in that field. We hive many calls, 
but few are the faithful and efficient laborers who 
are ready to Biiy, "Here I am, Lord; sendmel" 
Let U3 pray, and not only pray, bat see that the 
means are us^d, that more laborers may be Bent 
into the whitened fields! 



The February Century contains an article en- 
titled, " Emerson's T-Uks with a College Boy." It 
contains much good advice. Referring to the sec- 
ular newspaper, he says: 

'•Newspapers have done much to abbreviate expression, 
anil so to improve style. They are to occupy, during your 
gent-ration, a large share of attention." (This was said nearly 
a quarter of a century ago. It was as if he saw ahead the 
blanket editions) "And the most studious and engaged man 
c.in neglect them only at his cost. But have little to do with 
them. Learn how to get their best, too, without their getting 
yours. Do not read them when the mind is creative. And 
do not read them thoroughly, column by column. Remem- 
ber they are meant for cverybod/j.and jrlon't try to get what 
isn't meant for ><j^^ Tm_' miscellany, for instance, should not 
receive your attention. There is a great secret In knowing 
what to keep out of the mind, as well as what to put in. And 

You can't quote from a newspaper. Like some insects, it 
died the day it was born. The genuine news is what you 
want, and practice quick searches for it. Give yourself only 
so many minutes for the paper, then you, '^ijl learn to aveld 
the premature reports and anticipations, ....„ the stuff put In 
for people who have nothing to think." 

The time has come when the words Jt the Con- 
cord Philosopher have much m^re weight than 
they had when he spike them. Oae of the evils 
of our day ia that million* of people depend upon 
the daily paper for their heading, aud this com- 
prises about all the reading they do. If Emer- 
s >n*a rule iu reading the newspip^rs were adhered 
to, no harin'wouM cO'iieoPit, but the very oppo- 
site of this is true. Instead of thinking for them- 
selves, the masses take their thoughts second- 
handed from iho papers, aud are led and controlled 
by thein. The worBt feature is, that many of the 
daily papers are bo filled with disgusting divorce 
court proceedings, and scandals of all kinde, that 
they are really not fit to be taken into a family. 



Feb. 11, 1890. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER, 



Bbo. D. A. Huffobd, of Pyrrnont, Ind, says: 
"Bro. P. S. Myebs has been laboring for as for 
several weeks. Five have been taken into the 
fold of Christ." 



, Bbo. I. M. Gibson held a week's meeting at the 
Coventry church, Pa, recently. Six made the 
good confession of faith. The Brethren at Coven- 
try expected to continue the meetings. 

We give to the poor, whom we always have with 
us, to make them more comfortable, and to sus- 
tain their physioal lives; and this is right. Bat 
how much more important it is that we give to 
send the Gospel to the spiritually poor to save 
their souls! In the one case, we give to prolong 
physical life; in the other, to save souls from ev- 
erlasting death. 

Bbo. Geo C. Bowman, of Boone's Creek, Teun., 
sends us the following good news on a postal card. 
"Bro C H. Diehl and self spent some time with 
the Brethren in the Valley church, Hawkina Co , 
this State. The power of God was made mani- 
fest and twenty-four came out on the Lord's side 
to walk in the Lord's way. We had good meet- 
ings. Thank the Lord I " 

ARE OUR MINISTERS DOING WHAT THEY CAN? 
Why is 11 that so many of our able ministers are holding 
meetings in the strong churches? Why do they not go to 
the weak churches and help build them up? Christ said 
" Go out in the highways and hedges." How many are there' 
crying tor the Bread of Life and no one to take it to them' 
We need not go out of the State of Michigan to find them'. 
Here are many who never heard the Brethren preach, and 
those who have heard are anxious to hear again. Who will 
go and feed these the Bread of Life? It seems to me that if 
some of our able ministers would go among these people, 
much good might be done. "Go ye, therefore, and teach all 
nations." The harvest Is great and the laborers are few 
Can we, as ministers, say we have done our duty in going 
out and teaching the people? Can we say we have gathered 
the outcasts in ? Let us labor more earnestly that many souis 
may be brought from darkness to the marvelous light of the 

Gospel - J. Tomoaugh. 

Rodney, Mich. 

BEMAEKS. 
Thebe are several points in our Bro. Tom- 
baugh's letter lo which we wish to call attention, 
and especially sinoe we have received several let 
ters, recently, containing the same points referred 
to by our brother, and occasionally some of our 
correspondents have called attention to them in 
the columns of the Messengeb. 

After reading Bro. Tombaugh'e letter one would 
quite naturally conclude that our brethren in the 
ministry are not doing all they ought to do in 
their efforts to spread the Gospel and to teach all 
nations, and this, to some extent, may be correct. 
We have but few ministers among us to-day who, 
like Paul, give all their time to the ministry' 
trusting to the labor of their own hands and the 
liberality of the churches for a support, but while 
we admit the truth of this statement, we look for 
the trn- causa not to the ministers, but to the 
church that sets them apart for the work of preach- 
ing the Gospel and then fails to give them an ade- 
quate BUDport when they need it. The Bible 
teaohes as clearly as anything that is taught in it, 
the duty of supporting the ministers who need 
support. Our Annual Meeting in I366 says, in 
answer to a query, "Not wrong to support the 
ministry where it is needed. 1 Tim. 5: 18; Luke 
10: 7." The church has not folly come up to the 
requirements of the case, and because of this lack 
many of our able ministers can not go out as oar 
brother suggests that they should. 

We have personal knowledge of a number of 
our able brethren who give much of their time to 
visiting among the churches, and would willingly 
spend all of it in that way if they were able to do 



so. They are faithful and efficient laborers and 
the Lord has, in the past, abundant.] 
their evangelistio work, but tbey have fa, 
support and they are compelled to look af 
home dulies. Could they bo relieved of these du- 
ties they would gladly give all their time to the 
work of the ministry. We have now in mind sev- 
eral brethren who spent some years in the field 
doing good work, but they are compelled now to 
givo their time to their business interest,, 
say, " We must provide for our own. We would 
love to be out in the Master's work but we con not 
throw off the responsibilities resting upon us at 
home " 

What we have written and what is to follow does 
not refer to tho B e brethren whom the Lord b a 
blessed with means and who are laboring in the 
ministry. We know some of them are 
their time freely to the churoh, and they are doing 
well, but we refer to those who do not have the 
means and can only go out and labor among the 
churches as they receive help. 

Let us look at a case, and we do not think it is 
in any sense overdrawn. The conditions may not 
all meet in a single case, but we know that some 
ofonr evangelists will read these lines ai 
"No! the picture is not overdrawn." The evangel- 
ist has left his home and his family and has gone 
out among the churches. He has labored. faith. 
fully for the conversion of Binners and for the 
building up of Zion. The churches have been 
strengthened by increase of numbers and by hav. 
ing their spiritual strength renewed. The broth- 
er has spent the fall and winter in the field, I bor 
ing with the ability that God has given him. His 
family at home labor to keep everything in good 
shape during the absence of the huBband and fa- 
ther. The faithful sister, deprived of the society 
of her kind husband, and with the care of the f am- 
ily, to which is added that of the business which 
the husband usually looks after, patiently and un- 
complainingly, does her duty, praying that God 
may bless the labors of the loved one who is far 
from home. The debt that is hanging over the 
little farm and home sometimes crosses her mind 
and gives her an uneasy feeling, but she labors on, 
hopes on, prays on. The winter passes away, and 
with the early spring meetings are closed and the 
tired evangelist seeks his home. Suppose, when he 
gets there he finds, as has sometimes happened,— 
we are glad to say, very rarely, however— that 
he has less means in hand than he had when 
he started away. He has paid his traveling ex- 
penses and comes home out of pocket to go to 
work on his little farm to lay up enough to sup- 
port his family, so that he may spend the next 
fall and winter among the churches again. 

Under the foregoing circumstances do you not 
think the sister and family, not to speak of the 
brother himself, are likely to become somewhat 
discouraged? The sister, no doubt, wonders how 
the debt is to be paid. The minister's neighbor, 
a brother on an adjoining farm, has been at home 
all the winter and has boon able to add to his 
store of wealth by putting hia labor where it 
would do the most good from a financial stand- 
point. Suppose the churches that have reapel so 
abundantly of the minister's spiritual labors had 
said, " You shall also reap of our temporal things," 
id had sent him home in the spring-time with a 
ifficient sum of money to have made him equal, 
at least, with his brother who had stayed at homo 
and added to his earthly stores; a sum of money 
that might have euabled the minister to have 



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made a nice little payment on the debt that hangs 
I home. 

1 more than their 
? y '" t«r Would the 

brother and bis family feel better in thus having 

'1? And 

would the beir doty in this 

fybody is ready to say 

1 to know that many or our 

fj thingand we rejoice 

' nattne J ' I Ives in a position 

Lad we trust the time 

w,ll800C ' ' brethren, who g, out to 

labor among the ehurohes, will receive a support 
' !i their families as their 

' 1 labor or business. 
1 I may be found an 

answer to our broth ir's question.— •' Why is it 
that so many of our able ministers are holding 
meetings in the strong churches?" The answer 
must be apparent to all. Some of our able minis- 
ters, with whom wo nro personally acquainted, 
bavefal "; 11 --nendent upon 

t '"™' '' ' labor among the ehuroh- 

es at nil, they ,„ | ,,„. oharohe6 &K 

willing and able to pay their expenses and help 
them support their families. It is simply a q u es- 
"ioaofneoe ' '■'■ * 0. Ihey oan not go out 

' ''" " ' ivnway, and labor without support. 

H '"''- , y- th ,, ,., should attaoh to them if 

h ! '" l; ' oaU at c m s ,-,ith tho statement that 
traveling expenses will be p id and something 

given to help sup -t tho family. Under oiroum- 

;: ' ■ '•■■'■ ' ' ■' : ' ". mate 1 saorifloe and will 
be rewarded for it. But how about the weak 
■ a to be done to build them up? 
Let the Scriptural rule be carried out and all will 
be welt, Let the strong help the weak to bear 
their burdens. In a State Distriot there are 
strong and weak ohurohes. Need the duty of the 
strong be pointed ont in such cases? We think 
not. It is so apparent that a child may see it. 

In some State Diatric itn 1 nhes are all weak, 

What shall be don inoa s E this kind? If tho 
State Distriot Meetings have done their duty and 
have appointed active, faithful brethren as a mis- 
sionary committee to look after the mission work 
of the District, tho question is easily solved. 
They have not only tho resources of their own Dis- 
trict but may have access, by properly applying, 
Ih fund raised by the general Brotherhood to 
carry on the good work and asoist weak ohorches 
not only in having tho Gospel preached but in 
building plain houses of worship. 

Ao ministers of tho GospBl of Jesus Christ wo 
havo a great work to do and it behooves ns to be 
faithful. Tho Lord said, "Go ye and teaoh; " he 
also said, ,; iborer is worthy of his hire." 

We want to see to it that, first of all other consid- 
erations, we place the preaching of the Word. We 
want to remember, above all things, that onr abil- 
ity to go and to preach will bs the measure of our 
responsibility when we stand before the Lord to 
give an account of our stewardship. The Lord 
will not require five talents of the man to wh- 
ile gave but two, neither will he require at the 
hands of the poor miuisfer, who has not the means 
to go, tho accounting for weak churches that have 
e < built up That responsibility will fall 
somewhere else. Need we say where it will fall? 
Let the ministers do their part and the churoh 
hers and the waste places will speedily be built 
up and the church will go forward in the great 
work of spreading the Gospel. 



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Feb. 11, 1890. 



Missionary an<i Tract Work Department. 


let cmy™ <*>'»» by by him in 
store as God hair, prospered him. Hint 
there be no gatherings vshen 1 come." 
l Cor. 16: a. 


ingly or ot necessity, fur the I^td 



t furfoulh in ku htai 



Organization of Missionary Committee, 

, Van 



;r, Secretary and Treasurer, 
r, Assistant Secretary, 



Vlrdcn, 111. 
Mt. Monis, 111. 
Mt. Morris, III. 



Organization of Book and Tract Work. 



S. W. Hoover, For, 
S. Bock, Secretary n 



id Treasurer, 



Day ion, Ohio. 
Dayton, Ohio. 



Eg^-AH donations intended for Missionary Work should be 
sent lo D. L. Miller, Mt. Morris, 111. 

B3TA1I money for Tract Work should be sent to S. Bock, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

J®~ Money may be sent by Money Order, Registered Let- 
ter, or Drafts on New York or Chicago. Do not send person- 
al checks, or drafts on interior towns, as it costs 25 cents to 
collect them. 

£g- Solicitors are requested to faithfully carry oul the plan 
of Annual Meeting, that all our members be solicited to con- 
tribute at least twice a year for the Mission and Tract Work of 
the Church. 

jy Noles for the Endowment Fund can be had by writing 
lo the Secretary of either Work. 

A BEAUTIFUL MONUMENT. 

From the heirs of a departed sister in Freder- 
ick County, Md„ the sum of fifty dollars has been 
received, to be placed to the Endowment Fund of 
the Book and Tract Work. 

The above action Bhowe a high regard for both 
tbe faith of the departed one, and for the church; 
it is, besides, a very beautiful example of benevo- 
lence for others to follow, in view of the faot that 
there can be no other kind of a monument erected 
over the graves and to the memory of our dear de- 
parted, that is equally great and beautiful,— al- 
ways fresh, as one that lives, and both speaks and 
works for the Lord. It thus becomes, for the de- 
parted, a blesBing, and a benefit to others for all 
future time. May many more be like-minded, 
and willing to share, at least, of their abuudance 
with the Lord!— h. 

ENCOURAGING. 

The donations to the Tract Work, as well bb the 
general patronage extended to it, thus far, during 
the present (traot) year, we are happy to note, and 
thankful to our Heavenly Father, have been some- 
what larger and morn liberal than ever before 
This is encouraging, and shows the spirit, benev- 
olence and liberality of our beloved and growing 
Fraternity in the ever-increasing interests and im- 
portance of mission work. 

The calU for more tracts are also increasing, 
and a muoh larger number of them have been sent 
out on their mission of love thiB year than in any 
previous year since the Work was organized. 
This, too, shows most conclusively the high es- 
teem in which tractB are held and regarded as 
helps and incentives to further the cause of true 
and vital Christianity among the people. 

There seems now to be a more general move- 
ment of mission workers, and work all along the 
line. This is as it Bhould be. More and better 
work and mote thorough work is what is needed. 
It is not those who are at ease in Zion, — indiffer- 
ent, and without concern for the cauie end church 
of our Master, that will be caught up and changed 
at our Lord's comiDg. W09 be to them! But 



light, — watching and working, and who hsve 
turned many to righteousness, that shall Bhine 
like the stars for ever and ever.— ft. 

BETTER, BETTER, BETTER! 

BY J. F. YOUNG. 

Number Three. 

" lie which t-owc'i f-paiingly shall rtap also sparingly ; and 

he which Bowclh bountifully shall reap also bountifully."— 2 

We believe tbe church is growing bettor be- 
cause she is not sowing aB sparingly as in former 
years. If we find a farmer who has only been till- 
ing a small portion of his ground, and has time, 
means and help to till more, we say he is not doing 
the best he could do. Bui when he begins to till 
more and sow more, we say he is doing better. 

Can not Ihe ssme be said of the church? The 
Lord's people are to sow and cultivate the Lord's 
field. Is it not true that we sowed more sparing- 
ly in former years, and that the reaping was in 
proportion to the sowing? Is it not true that we 
have tew fields in which vte are sawing now, — 
fields which may be more productive than old 
ones? Sometimes an old field is in need of a fer- 
tilizing element. Sometimes we tee all the mem- 
bets of a local church sowing the good se:d; some- 
times only the minister?, and sometime 3 they eow 
very little, or in a very small portion of their oc- 
cupied territory. Remember the text! One may 
spend much time preaching, or Bowing, and claim 
a large harvest, bat when we examine the seed, it 
may not be the Word of God. It may be oDly our 
notions or cuttoms. The fruit will be like the 
seed. 

Commonly, when a farmer can not sow his field, 
for some cause, he gets another to sow it for him; 
the church ought to use the same gocd judgment 
in every instance. The Lord's field bears a vari- 
ety of fruits, but only suoh will be in the field as 
the seed is. Many denominations sow much yood 
seed, but do not sow all the kinds that the Word 
furnishes, hence we do not find the self-denying 
fruit, the full obedience fruit, etc. Do we bow all 
for the development of a ChriBti 
Beatrice, Nebr. 



1 plant? 



IN FAITH. 



BY J. S FLORY. 

Whatsoever you do for the prosperity of Zion, 
for the furtherance of the Bpread of the Gospel, 
do it in faith Some persons are blow to give or 
do because they can not see at once or in what way 
Bucoess is to follnw their pffortB. They want to 
walk or act by sight rather than by faith: The 
first tlrng to consider is, "Is it necessary?" 
Next, "Is it a matter of duty?" Settle theee 
points, und then act in faith, and you may rest as 
sured that God will give the blessing. 

It is a clear case that it is necessary to have the 
Gospel of Christ more fully known. Thousands 
are calling for the Bread of Life. Others would 
receive it, if brought to their comprehension. Lt 
is equally clear that it is the duty of every en- 
lightened soul to do what is in his power to help 
on the great work of evangelizing the world. 
Thoae whom God has bleBsed with the light of 
his countenance Bnd saved by the power of hiB 
grace, can not, dare not turn a deaf ear to the 
trumpet Bound, coming down through the ages, 
" Go ye." Though you be poor in this world's 
goods, if you but drop in the widow's mite out of 
a heart of love for perishing souls, and in faith 
speed it on its way, God will take it up as a pre- 
ciouB, rich gift, and see that it shall accomplish 



those that are alive, — full of spiritual energy and I the desire of the giver. More than that, — he will 



lay it np in the treasure bank of the saints on 
\ gem of richnes?, magnified a thousand- 
fold. 

Come now, ye whom the Lord has made stew- 
ards over worldly goeds, and see to it that he gets 
lis own. Whatever you do, be it for the mission- 
ry cause direct, or the Tract Work,— do it with a 
heerful heart, accompanied by faith, and there 
shall such a work be done, as will make the angel- 
ic hosts of heaven rejoice, and the church of the 
Living God magnify tbe name of Jehovah. 

Now is the time to cast in your name and sub- 
stance, that you be among the number whom the 
Lord of life and glory shall single out as worthy 
co-laborers with him in the great work of saving ' 
a sinking world. God help us all to see our duty 
as we ought to see it! 
Tuhunga, Cal. 

FAITH-PRO AND CON. 

BY S. W. HOOVER. 

11 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw 
back, iny soul shall have no pleasure in him."— Heb. 10: 3S. 

Faith is the belief in the facts and truths of 
the Scriptures, together with a practical love of 
them. Faith has its seat in the heart, "for with 
the heart man believeth unto righteousness." 
Roin. 10: 10. Naturally, "the heart is deceitful 
above all things, and desperately wicked: who can 
know it?" Jer. 17: 9. "For out of the heart 
proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, forni- 
cations, thefts, false witness, blasphemies." Matt. 
15: 19. These are the things which defile a man, 
and turn his heart away from God. Hence the 
heart needs an antidote to change it,— change it 
throughout, its nature, disposition and affections, 
and thus heal it oE its wickednesB and unbelief, 
and turn it to God. Faith will do this. 

First, because farth is the practical knowledge 
of the Scriptures, which, when observed, purify 
and elevate. 

Second, because faith worketh by love, whereas 
persons not having had love for Christ and the 
Gospel before must be possessed of both now. 
When we begin to believe, we begin to love. 

Third, because faith, once established in the 
heart, controls it. 

Again, sin and wickedness harden the heart; 
faith and love soften it. Faith is exercised indi- 
vidually. As a converting agency faith exerts a 
powerful influence Godward. Faith, therefore, 
becomes an important personal factor in shaping 
and determining the state of the heart. Not only 
this, but also in moulding the Christian character 
and life. Thus is every part of the daily life of 
the individual, his course, conduct and experience 
brought under control, and made subject t:> faith, 
which, in its natore, is pure; in its effects, enno- 
bling, towering, sublime! 

Faith, furthermore, is loyalty and a strict ad- 
herence to duty and fulfillment of promises. In 
view of salvation every person must possess and 
exercise faith, pure, evangelical, otherwise such 
can have no hope nor lay any claims to the prom- 
ises of God. It was Noah's faith that wrapped 
up his soul in the favor of God, — the virtue where- 
by he lived when all the world perished. "With- 
out faith it is impossible to please God." Heb. 
11: 6. 

Having, in the foregoing, presented a partial 
synopsis of faith, — what it is and what it will do, 
I now wish to look at it from another point of 
view, lest, erroneously, the inference be drawn 
therefrom that faith is conclusive, that a person, 
once possessed of faith, is sure of being saved. 
Such a doctrine is as pernicious as it is erroneous^, 
and is not supported by the Scriptures. 



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First, because faith is a quantity, — subject to 
increase or decrease, — hence, of itself, faith is not 
conclusive. 

Second, becans6 a person may have faith but 
may not be established in it. In our Savior's 
time there were some that walked with him for 
a while and then ceased and went another way. 
Paul affii* 1 -* .^* the spirit speaketh expressly 
+ l at i"n v tno latter times " it will be the same way, — 
"some shall depart from the faith." 1 Tim. 4: 1. 
Third, because faith is a Christian grace. One 
; - V" — J «'«nce in faith. Faith hath degrees, name- 
same evening at,.^^" f r0 m one degree of it to 
another. It nray be compared to a stairway lead- 
ing to an upper chamber, — there are many stepB 
to ascend before the objeot is reached. Faith is 
progressive. The apoBtles thus understood it and 
said unto the Lord, " Increase our faith." Luke 
17:5. 

Again, as a further proof of this point, I pre- 
sent the ciroumstance of Peter's unhappy expe- 
rience. No one, presumably, will deny that he had 
faith, — the genuine article, — nevertheless, because 
of the smallness and weakness of it, he denied his 
Lord. To the same cause may be attributed the 
manner of bJB following him soon after, — " afar 
off," — whioh most conclusively shows that it was 
an "increase OF, and more and stronger faith," 
that he then needed to give him the courage to 
keep his vow, and to both own and support his 
Lord. Looking at the office and design of faith 
from this stand- point, if a person have not enough 
confidence in the Author of the Holy Scriptures, 
to observe their requirements and walk blameless 
therein, "how can faith save him? " 

In connection with the foregoing I am further 
led to conclude, from observation and past expe- 
rience with others, that we have a great many pro- 
fessors like Peter, — following him afar off, and so 
nearly faithless as to deny almost all knowledge 
of Christ, having neither works nor witness. Most 
deplorable, indeed, is the spiritual state of the 
lukewarm, destitute of zeal, disposition or energy, 
to become useful in the cause, and altogether too 
covetous and self-willed to contribute to its sup- 
port. The essential elements of faith are percept- 
ibly absent. "Verily, how dwelleth the love of 
God in them ? " 

The scope embraced in the Commission, " Go 
ye into all the world," — the greatest charge, war- 
rant or authority ever issued to man, — shows the 
importance that he attached to the missionary 
work. ( What a great contrast between the " Com- 
mission" by Christ and certain " Eesolutions " 
by men, implying "no missionary methods," etc.) 
Without the necessary measures and means with 
which to meet its requirements and carry out its 
designs, the Commission must forever remain a 
dead letter. 

Every-where the Gospel enjoins faithfulness 
upon Christ's followers, and right here I wish to 
impress the reader with the importance of a pray- 
erful observance of the " all things " whioh be- 
come living witnesses of faithfulness. Not least 
of these is the " giving by every one as the Lord 
has prospered him." Ministers, are you faithful 
to your high and holy calling, by diligently teach- 
ing your members the importance of living up to 
every duty, in order to meet the requirements of 
our Savior's great Commission? "If any man 
draw back (withholds), my soul shall have no 
pleasure in him." 

The barren fig-tree, Luke 13: 7, 8, most aptly 
prefigures the almost utter unf ruitfulness of mem- 
bers and even churches, resulting from neglect 
and indifference to this work. It is evident that 
the moving and fertilizing powers of faith and the 
Holy Spirit are lacking to give energy and vital- 
ity to make them fruitful. Presumably, the ex- 
ternal character of the fig-tree appeared well 



enough, but the fruit, nevertheless, wns painfully 
absent. The wrong was internal. Either the 
fruit-producing principle was absent, or too weak 
to cause productiveness. How suggestive the fig- 
ure! 

The remedy in that case is a digging up of the 
soil and the application of a fertilizer. As the 
tree lives in the soil and draws its life from its 
substances, the fertilizer must be incorporated in- 
to the soil, that the tree may reach and assimilate 
its substances. Likewise must the sterile soil of 
the heart be dug up and the Gospel planted or in- 
corporated into it, that it may impart to it its con- 
verting and enriching powers. 

The fertilizer imparts more than one kiud of 
substance to the tree or plant, so, in like manner, 
does the Gospel implant more than one principle 
aud precept into the heart, by which the soul is 
enriched and the Christian life garnished and 
made fruitful in all holiueBS aud good works. 
Cast the barrenness of sin and dead faith out of 
the heart by inculcating the elements of living 
principles and faith into it, and Gospel fruit will 
unmistakably appear. "Ye shall know them by 
their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or 
figs of thistles?" Matt. 7: 16, 

The juBt shall live by faith; be actuated aud 
governed by all the virtues and principles of faith. 
Faith emphasized, lives and acts. Brethren, 
"earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to 
the saints." 

Dayton, 0. 



—We are informed, under date of Jau. 29, by 
Bro. J. B. Strayer, that the Brethren of the Clover 
Creek ohuroh, near Roaring Springs, Pa., have just 
closed an interesting series of meetings. Bro. 
Michael Claar did the preaohing. Interest and 
attendance were good, and one soul made the good 
r, solve. 

—Sister Anna E. Nettrour writes: " A series of 
meeting was oommeuoed by Bro. R. Shroyer, at 
the Zion Hill church, Ohio, Jan. 18, and continued 
for two weeks. Five dear souls oame out on the 
Lord's side, aud were baptized. They were all in 
the bloom of youth, aud we hope that they may 
be iustrumental in doing muoh good for the 
Master." 



Notes from our Correspondents. 



— "We are in the midst of aglorious meeting," 
writes Bro. J. M. Replogle, of Mexico, Ind. He 
continues, " Bro. Daniel Wysong came to us Jau. 
23 and is preaohing for us eaoh evening. We ex- 
pect to continue for some time yet, and hope, by 
the blessing of the Lord, for glorious results." 

— From Quincy, Hickory Co,, Mo., Bro. J. T. 
Forebaugh writes: "We had n pleasant meeting 
here recently. Brethren J. L. Jordan and Abel 
Killingsworth came to us about Jan. 1 and held 
meetings for us until Jan. 18. During a few ev- 
enings we had to stop the meetings on account of 
high waters. Though there were no accessions, 
the members were greatly built up in the most 
holy faith. We are but few in number, but feel 
like pressing onward." 

—Bro. C. E. Williams, of Daingerfield, Tex., 
under date of Jan. 24, writes: " After uniting with 
the churoh at Red Oak Grove, Floyd Co., Va., 
about a year ago, I moved to this place, and 
since my arrival here, have not met any of the dear 
brethren and sisters. Thanks be to God that he 
has given me the dear Messenger to comfort 
in my loneliness. I think that some of our minis- 
tering brethren should visit this place. Many 
would accept the doctrine gladly if there were an 
opportunity presented to do so The command, 
'Go ye,' applies to Texas also. Who will be the 
first to labor for the Master at this place?" 

— Bro W. H. Southwood, of Monument City, 
Ind., writes: "Dec. 31 Bro. David Caylor com- 
menced a series of meetings for us which he con- 
tinued until Jan. 15, when Bro. Ellis Brnbaker 
came to his assistance and stayed until the 21st. 
After that, Bro. Caylor continued the meetings a 
few evenings longer, when he was called to the 
bedside of an aged mother. Daring our brother's 
stay with us twenty-four dear souls were bronght 
to the foot of the croBs, and, could our brother 
have remained with ub a while longer, the results 
would have been still better. May the Lord bless 
the seed sown that it may bring fruit to his glory." 



—From the Verdigris ohuroh, Kaus., Bro. Jas. 
A. Stouder, under date of Jan. 24, reports soma 
interesting meetings held at that place by Bro. 
Enoch Eby, while on his missionary tour to the 
churches of Southern Kansas. While Bro. Eby 
was with them, they held a council- meeting, whioh, 
as Bro. Stouder reports, was a profitable one for 
all present. 

—Under date of Jan. 28, Bro. J. J. Gripe, of 
Pyrmont, Ind., writes: " Bro. P. S. Myers, of Oer- 
ro Gordo, III, oame to ub Jau 2, aud labored for 
us until the evening of Jau. 26, giving us, in all, 
twenty-nine soul-stirring sermons. Four were 
baptized, and there is one more applicant. The 
inclemency of the weather and the prevailing 
epidemic of influenza have been working some- 
what against the meetings." 

—Under date of Jan. 28, Bro, Silas Hoover, of 
Boyutou, Vs., writes: " Jan. 26 I reoeived a tele- 
gram from Bro. Wm. Merrill, Frostburg, Md., 
to come to him at once. I found him quito ill, 
and his doBire was to bo anointed, whioh was com- 
plied with. Bro. Morrill is about oighty-fonr 
years of age, and expressed full resignation to the 
will of God. May the Lord be with our dear 
brother in his declining daysl " 

—From the West Branch chnrch, Ogle Co., 
111., sister E. Slifer writes: "Bro. J. M. Mohler 
came to ub Deo. 23 and labored earnestly for 
nearly throe weeks. Two dear Bisters united with 
the people of God, and ono was reclaimed. We 
hope that other good results may follow in the 
futurel Bro. S. Click, of Nevada, Mo., is preach- 
ing for ub at present (Jan. 28), and also visiting 
old friends. Owing to the prevailing influenza, 
the attendance at the meetings is small." 

— Sister Nancy Wise addresses the following to 
the many friends whom our sister and husband, 
John, visited during their trip east, last fall: 
"Those who so freely shared with us of their 
abundance have not only our thanks, but also our 
prayers. May the One who will reward more 
abundantly than we are able to bestow, give to 
them his choicest blessings I We enjoyed our- 
selves greatly while among the dear ones. Many 
with whom we met, we do not expect to see again 
until we meet ' over yonder.' We have the prom- 
ise of a glorious meeting in that brighter clime, 
and a crown for all who are faithful." 

— Bro. N. Reed, of Alum Ridge, Va., sende ub 
the following as Mb experience on the tobacco 
question: " I had used ' the weed ' for twenty years 
when, about sixteen months ago, I resolved to 
quit the filthy habit. Now, since I realize that 
by the help of the Lord I have been enabled to 
gain the victory, I intend to give to the Lord's 
cause, what I formerly spent for tobacco. Even 
that is not enough. I deeply lament that I have 
spent so much money, in the years gone by, worse 
than uselessly. I do hope that our dear brethren, 
who use tobacco will stop and think seriously how 
they are spending the Lord's money. Soule are 
perishing while thousands ore spent for tobacco." 



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Feb. 11, 1890. 



— "The good cause is prospering," writes sister 
Elta Studebaker, under date of Jan. 27, from 
Litchfield, 111. " One brother was baptized yester- 
day. Oar Sunday-school and prayer-meeting are 
still going on with increased interest, May the 
Lord grant us grace to hold out faithfull " 

— From Moscow, Idaho Territory, Bro. J. U. G. 
Stiverson writes: "Jan. 19 we re-organized our 
Sunday-school, intending, hereafter to conduct it 
as an 'evergreen' Sunday-school. We have 
preaching at this plao* every Sunday, and are 
doing what we can to spread the blessed Gospel 
of Christ." 

—"The memberB of the Mill Creek church, 
Rockingham Co., Va ," — writes Bro. A. Flory, 
"held a very interesting ami profitable series of 
meetings recently. Service commenced on 
Christmas Day and cloned on the evening of Jan. 
8. Bro. Henry Early,— one of our resident min- 
isters,— did nearly all the preachiug. As an im- 
mediate result, twenty-five souls were added to 
the church by baptism." 

— "Our little band of members in Bedford 
County, Va ."—writes Bro. 1. A. B. HerBhberger, 
— "is still contending for the faith. While we 
can not chronicle large ingatherings, we hope that 
the Gospel seed, — ao^vn from time to time, — may 
bring fruit in due season. We expect to com- 
mence a series of meetings at the Old Timber 
Ridge church, Feb. 24 May the Lord bless our 
efforts that souls may be brought to the Truth." 

—From the Clover Creek church, Blair Co., Pa., 
sister Ida M B?nner writes: "Bro. David Clap- 
per commenced some meetings for us Deo. 24. 
He labored here until Jan. 8, preaching, in all, 
eighteen sermon*. As an immediate result of the 
meeting one precious soul was received by bap- 
tism. The brethren and sisters were greatly en- 
couraged and built up. Bro, Geo Snowberger, of 
Fair View, preaohed two sermons for us after Bro 
Clapper left. May the Lord bless the labors of 
these dear brethren." 

— Sister Anna S. Lartch, of Colby, Thomas Co., 
Kans., under date of Jau. 31, writeB: " Bro. J. F. 
Oliue, of Sherman Co., Kans., came to us Jan. 18, 
and remained, boldly speaking the Word, until 
the 21th, when ho had to leave, to attend to 
other duties, Our home minister, Bro, 0. H. 
Brown, then continued the meetings until the 
29th. Good interest and attention were manifest- 
ed throughout the meetings. There were no ad- 
ditions to the church, but the memberd were much 
encouraged and built up in the most holy faith." 

— The nl vantages of Conway Springs, Kans, 
are set foith by Bro. [. W. Leatherwan. From 
lii- e r-iuiiT doatjon we glean the following: "Tue 
land h^te is rich; the water pure and abundant 
Fruit p-oini^ea to do well While this may not 
be the bvsr c '.lutry, y t-t I think that, iu point of 
health, it ir; ro 6r preferred to some other sections 
of cv'uuiry, especially those lyiutf along the rivers, 
and BUhjeot to missnmuc inrluenois Then, too, 
I think that crop3 are more certain here than far- 
ther west." 

— Concerning the dedioatory services of their 
new meeting house, bister Sue Brumbaugh, of 
Griffin, Md , writes: " Jan. 26 was the day appoint- 
ed for the dedication of our new house. We had 
the pleasure of some interesting remarks by Bro. 
J. Y. King, our elder and only minister, after 
which Bro. H. E. Light, of Mountvillo, Lancaster 
Co., Pa., delivered an excellent sermon, suitable 
to the occasion. 8even dear souls embraced the 
opportunity of dedicating themselves unto the 
Lord, and ae the meetings are Btill in progress, 
we hope to be able to report many more additions 
to the army of the Lord." 



—Sister Lizzie M. BralHer, of Pierced, Ind. r 
desires to impress upon all the great importance 
of improving the time given us by God, that we 
might Bpend it to the best advantage. " Too many 
let precious moments, — the gold dust of time, — 
slip by unimproved, and forgt-t that God put them 
here to work for the salvation of themselves and 
others." Sister Brallier has been in the church 

ly one year, and ha3 s?en bat thirteen siiramere, 
yet she feels th' t a great work lies before her, it 
she remains true to her profession and dona what- 
ever duty demands of her. She asks the prayers 
of all, and we hope that many more may take a 
similar view of the great issues before us all! 

— "Enjoyable meetings are reported by Bro. A. 
W. Hawbaker of Dallas Center, Iowa, who writes: 
"Brethren David Eby and Oliver Beaver held 
some excellent meetings for us, commencing Dec 
28, and closing Jau. 11. Bro. George Zollers had 
intended to commence some meetings for ua on 
the date last mentioned, but fiudiDg that the pre- 
vailing epidemic would militate against the meet- 
ings, he went to the Pauther Creek ohuroh, where 
he labored until the evening of Jan. 2G. He 
then returned to ua and labored until the follow- 
ing Friday, when he had to return home. The 
church seems very mnoh built up by the labors oE 
our dear brethren, and we hope to see some of the 
fruits in the near future." 



CORRESPONDENCE 



From Baltimore, Md, 

TnoDGH I have not been heard from for some 
time, I have not been altogether inactive. Be- 
cause of poor health and a desire to accnmuUte 
some of "the mammon of unrighteousness," I i^d 
resolved to do bub little preaching during the 
past year, and less writing, but the pressing de- 
mand for the Bread of Life urged me onward, so 
that I delivered no less than two hundred and fif- 
teen sermons. This year has found, me trying to 
proclaim the Truth almost daily, but at present I 
am indisposed from a severe cold. 

Our meetings at Monrovia, Frederick Co, Md., 
began Dec. 29, and closed Jan. 19. Thirty 
mons were delivered at this pluce. The bri 
and sisters showed much kindnets and zeal, and 
they were made to rejoice by et-tiug tome souls 
acknowledge Jesus in baptism 

Having Bpent ileveu w^t-ko in preaching iu 
Fiederick City, we feel that onr exp-iience insy bo 
helpful to oihers in regard to the perplexing ques- 
tion of city work. 

In the winter of '83 we pieaohed three weeks iu 
Frederick City. We announced our Buhject each 
eveuing for the next evening, hoping thereby to 
get the audience to study the Word with us. In 
the winter of 1886 we preached four weeks for tie 
Bivthren of Frederick, opening our meetiogs by 
having several thousand circulate printed, enhanc- 
ing our subjects and giving the texts for about ten 
days ahead. A short synopsis of each sermon wee. 
also reported in the daily News. The circulars 
were distributed to the different families through 
the city. We could see no marked value in these 
efforts, for it seemed that the theaters, balls and 
minstrel troupeB could attract the people more 
through the daily press and by circulars thai 
could for Ohriet. At least those places took most 
of the people, aud left us but very small au- 
dience?. 

This time, 1889, we tried the old gospel plan of 



" going from house to house." We visited poor 
aud rich,— profesfior and ncn professor, — talked, 
read, prayed, and sing, as we thought expedient, 
inviting the people out to rusting and leaving a 
tract in their han<is, r<?questi <* them to read and 
act Oar e.'ngre^ationH werf etter than ever be- 
fore, and though the ingathe ,. if souls was not- 
very large,— only tvo— y< ; " th^t much 

1 ■ lb accomplished, bidcj .. .- ._*"'-' ^d 
to come to church who -iwre aolj m the habit or 
so doing. i 

We found persons within n stone's thro"; <** the 
church, that did not know th ," QUU ~* ub - 
in progress, after they had *- . .^guS'Wi ^ 
week. "We found many o- that said they 

did not know that they wo^apl be welcome if they* 
came. We also found that a very vigorous oppo- 
sition was awakened in other sects, lest some be 
won to the true Goapel light. 

We feal that city work canjionly be successfully 
accomplished by going into the families? and be-- 
coming acquainted,— by showing a personal inter- 
est in their welfare, and thereby securing their 
sympathy and love. 

We have promised to work for the Brethren, , 
here iu Baltimore, in the near future. 

/ *if S. N. McCann. 

From the Chippewa Church, Bodney, Mich. 

Bno. D. Baker cameto ua on the evening of Nov. 
13 and pit ached for u& that evening. On the • 
14th he took his leave and went north to Mason 
County, thia State, where he held koine meetings' 
with the Brethren of that vicinity. They aUo ■ 
he'd a love- fens*; while he was with them. He 
came back on the 26th and, on the following Sat- 
urday evening, he had meeting at 10: 30 A. M. and 
at 2 P. M. It always gladdens our hearts when 
the Brethren come to us anc-i- preach for us, and 
we hope they will come agaift. We had our quar- 
terly council, Jau. 4. Everything passed off' 
pleasantly. We had meeting every Sunday at 
our sol o ' ! I o i e, and every ,-iwo weeks about six 
miles west of us. Through. the kindness of the 
Mission Board, we have baen able to build a 
hones of worship. We have it enclosed and the 
seats made. We think we will have it ready for 
meetiugs by sprint'. C. N. Tombaugh. 

A Sad and Fatal Accident. 

Soahcely a day pisses without a railroad acci- 
dent in which some cms is fearfully mangled, or 
instantly kille I. So frequeni are such occurrences 
thatnot until a victim is chosen from the circle 
of our own acquaintances Jtnd relatives, ia our 
heart moved and saddened, i i a degree correspond- 
ing to the event. 

On the night of Jau. 4, hfi' nnt with the pros- 
pect of a pleasant vi^it among friends in Chelsea, 
Jo Daviess Co., Hi , Calvin Rhode?, of Dallas Cen- 
ter, fowa, boarded a stock triin en route for Chi- 
cago, on the C. & R. F R. R The train was in 
two sections, aud friend Rhodes, with a number 
of others, took passage on the first section. 
Reaching a station between Grinnell and Brooklyn, 
the first section stopped to sidetrack and, owing 
to a dense fog, that made the night extremely 
dark, the second section rautnto the first, almost 
instantly killing two young men, — members of the 
same family, — and forcing tliG caboose into the 
next car ahead, which contained hogs. Calvin 
Rhodes was lodged among them and at their 
mercy. When rescued and Examined by surgeons, 
it was found that his vertebra was broken at the 
upper junction of the should 3i*a, whioh produced 
instant and total paralysis from the shoulders 
down, but left his reason unimpaired. 

The saddest mistake of his life now loomed up 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



93 



before hiui mora sensibly t'usn ever before. He 
realized tlii'.- he waa uv reconciled to God. 
There was no riui j t> loee Salv&tiou was 
absorbing theme, ea.ostin 

intellect 

Only those who haFe kid a similar experience 
can fully measure the grief oc his devoted cora- 
panioo when ho was or toght home in this condi- 
tion, yet the fac^ that he oould converse intelli- 
gently and rationally, way a source or' great com- 
fort to her as well as his friends and relatives, 
By request ths writeiband others visited him the 
same evening after In was brought home, to con- 
verse on the oubject of salvation and plead wilh 
God for him 

After frequent vieitM from the brethren he mode 
application to be revived into fellowship with 
God's people. Thi- -appliction being considered 
and accepted by the -church, baptism was to be 
administered, if at all practicable, bat death was 
lurking too near, hence that sacred rite conld not 
be administered. On the fifth day after the acci- 
dent, Jan 9, the spi.it took hia flight. His last 
words were directed to his friends and relatives 
aronud him, exhorting those who have not made 
the good confession to faithfulness, and those who 
had not, to lose no time in securing peace with 
•Qo3. Ho leaves a devoted companion and two 
ismall children, a father, one sister and four broth- 
ers to mourn their loss. The father, Isaac 
Rhodes, of Ashland, Oregon, and three brothers, 
who also live oo the Pacific Coast, were not pres- 
ent at the funeral, which occurred Jan 11th 
the Brethren's meeting-house at Dallas, and was 
improved by the writer and others from Amos. 4 
12, " Prepare to meet thy God." Notwithstanding 
the inclemency of the weather, the spacious meet- 
ing-house, at the tin* of the funeral, v.as filled to 
its utmost capacity: This, with the devotion 
manifested by the neighbors and eiiiz-ns during 
his affliction, evidenced the high esteem in which 
he was held in tire community. His age was 
about thirty-one ygars Our earnest prayer is 
that the friends andfrelatives of the deceased, who 
may read these linos, and who have not become 
reconciled to God, may tike warning;. 

This funeral scene closed the two weeks' labor 
of the writer and Bro. O Beaver, of Chickasaw 
Oounty, Iowa, iu the Dallas church A profitable 
and refreshing visit it was, a : , least to the writer. 
Our prayer is that the young soldiers of the Cross, 
as well B3 the older ones, iu the Ddlas church, 
may continue faithful and true! Brethren Geo. 
Zollers and Win. Tiromas, of Ames, came in as we 
were preparing to 'laave. Ms.y the Lord bless 
their labors of love! " Wo reached home Jan. 14th 
and found our famil^ well. D. B. Eby. 



Lena, III. 



ble Session. 



For some time we' have had under coutempla- 
tion a session for Bible work, to be heldiu connec- 
tion with our school work, for the special benefit 
of our ministers and Suuday-ecbool workers who 
can not make it suitjo attend a regular term of 
school, yet could avail themselves of a school ses- 
sion devoted to this kind of work. We have now 
concluded to hold such a session of two weeks, 
commencing on Monday, Feb. 24tb. The day ses- 
sions will be devoted to regular Bible Work, con- 
sisting of " Old Testament History," "New Tes- 
tament Exegesis, " Evidences of Christianity," 
"Bible Geography, V' Beading and Elocutionary 
Drill." The evenings will be devoted to lectures 
or sermons on doctrinal subjects by able brethren 
who have promised,lp be with us for this purpose. 

Our object is to drj the greatest possible amount 
of Bible work in the least possible time, so as to 
adapt the session to the convenience of the largest 



possible number of our ministers aud others who 
wish to become more efficient in Bible Work. 

For all who may come, pleasant rooms and good 
board will be famished in the Normal Building. 
A small c.'iarge of $3.00 per week will be made, 
which will cover all expenses for tuition, board 
and room aud which will make the session of two 
weeks only SG 00. 

As the expenses are bo very low, there is no rea- 
son why a large number of our brethren should 
not avail themselves of this opportunity, whioh 
we hope to make profitable to all who may cume. 
The attendance need not be coufiued to the young 
brethren. In the great work of Bible study we 
never get too old to learn. All will be weloome,— 
young and old. 

Many of our brethren make visiting trips during 
the winter months that cost three and four times 
as much as it will coat to attend this Bible ses- 
sion, aud get no real benefit from them. Some of 
our churches have ministers that are anxious for 
an opportunity of this kind, but can not spare 
even the small amount of money required. Such 
churches can not do themselves and their uoiuie- 
terB a greater favor than to send them to this Bi- 
ble session. 

As we have gone to some expense and labor to 
provide for this Bible session, we hope to have 
quite a large attendance. If there arc auy who 
would wiBh to continue the work for a longer 
time, arrangements cm be made to do so at too 
same rate. 

A brother writes us: " Will the lectures during 
the 'Bible session ' be free to spectators,— I mean 
open doors to our wives or cousins, if they see 
proper to come?" 

Certainly, all who will be pleased to oome and 
pay their board, will be welcome to all the bene- 
fits of the session, — we will make ro >.-n for as 
many as will come. The Bible, the book for 
everybody, will be the book of study. The more 
you know about it, the happier you will be. All who 
intend coming, will please write us as soon as pos- 
sible that the necessary accommodations may be 
made. 

Circulars containing the order of the work will 
be sent ou application Again, we say, all will 
be welcome. Come and see, Those who do not 
come should pray for those who do come, that the 
work may be blessed to the promotion of the 
cause and to the glory of God. Address, 

H. B. BRraiBAnaH. 

Htmlingdon, Pa. 

From the Camp Creek Church, Kosciusko Co , Ind. 

The brethren and sisters of the above-named 
church commenced a series of meetiugs Jan. 11, 
and continued until the 26th. Bro W. R. Deeter 
of Milford, led , did the preaching. He preached 
twenty-four able and interesting discourses, and 
held forth the Word of Life with power and en- 
thusiasm. His labors resulted in the edification 
of God's children, and in the reception of ten 
precious souls into the kingdom of God's dear 
Son, — eight by baptism and two reclaimed. 

During these meetings the roads were very 
muddy and the weather, the most of the time, 
very unfavorable. A revival meeting was con- 
ducted at the same by the New Light church, 
one mile from the place of oar meeting. Notwith- 
standing these embarrassing environments, our 
meetings were a Buocess. They were well attended 
and the order and attention were commendable. 
We bad every evidence that lasting good was ac- 
complished. We hope aud pray that many gold- 
en sheaves will be gathered in the near future, 
aud that success may crown the labor of God's 
dear children. G. B. Snively. 

Bourbon, Ind. 



From Fredric, Monroe Co , Iowa. 

We have been enjoying some very good and in- 
teresting meetings. Bro. Abraham Wolfe, of Jef- 
ferson Oo , Iowa, came to this plaoe Jau 2 and 
staid until Jan. 9. He preaohed eight very good 
sermons. The members were muoh revived, 
while others were almost persuaded to come to 
Christ. There was suoh an interest iu the meet- 
ings that we did not like to see Bro. Wolfe go 
home. He oould not remain longer at the time, 
and, seeing the great interest, he returned again 
Jan. 20 and continued the meetiugs until Jan. 27. 
At this meeting there were five additions,— two 
reolaimed and three by baptism. Those reoeived 
by baptism were three youug sisters,— ono four- 
teen years, the other two twelve years of age. 
There are many more who ought to make the good 
ohoice. There was good attention throughout 
the meetings. Bro. Wolfe is a faithful worker for 
Christ. He held forth the Word with muoh pow- 
er. May God be with him wherever he goes! 

BaBBABA A. MILLER. 

News from the Springfield Churoh, Noble Co., Ind, 

Jan. 9, Bro. P. Stuokuian came to us, and next 
evening began to distribute the Bread of Life 
with zeal and power. We have been under dark 
clouds, hut, thank God, the sun is shiuing brightly 
again. During our meetiugs saints were made to 
rejoice, and sinners to tremble. Bro. Stuckmau 
preached nineteen sermons, and, as a result of his 
efforts, seventeen souls came home to live with the 
Father. 

At midnight of Jan. 26, Bro. Stuckmau received 
a telegram, calling him home. Bro. J. H. Eleou 
now took up the " Sword." Jan. 29, he led eleven 
souls into the baptismal water, briugiug them 
forth, we trust, to walk in newness of life. Tho 
remaining applicants are to be baptized in the 
near future. 

We were much disappointed that our brother 
had to leave ns at suoh an interesting stage of the 
meeting, but we feel encouraged that so many 
have entered the fold. May they all be bright 
and shining ornaments to the churoh, and lights 
to the world! Hannah E. Ebey. 

From the Upton Church, Pa, 

Bro. Annon. of West Virginia, came among us 
Jan. 4, and held meetings continuously for two 
weeks, a part of the time holding services both 
day and night. He is an earnest servant of the 
Lord, and his effirts were appreciated, judging 
from the large at eodance aod good order main- 
tained throughout the continuance of the meet- 
ings. Nine souls made the good resolve to unite 
with us in church fellowship. We feel that our 
church has received au impetus that will redound 
to our good. Let ns pray that this awakening 
may be lasting! Let not the evil one find ns in 
that fatal, spiritual sleep, that gives him so great 
! J. B. Oellio. 



By request of the North Solomon church, Os- 
borne Co., Kans., to DiBtriot Meeting of 1889, 
said District Meeting granted to that congregation 
the District Meeting for 1890. If the North Sol- 
omon church is not prepared to take the meeting, 
it will go to the congregation which made the 
next application The next request granted was 
to the Maple Grove church, Norton Co., Eans. 
It is hoped that the North Solomon church will 
please act in the matter at onoe, and inform the 
Maple Grove Church, Norton Oounty, of her de- 
cision. B. B. Whitmeb, 

Quinler, Kans. Diet. Olork. 



94: 



Lllii; GOSPEL MES8ENGEB, 



Literary Notes. 



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with both timely and indispensable informa- 
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view of Holy Trinity Episcopal church, New 
York City, and the portrait of Rev. E. Wal 
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MATRIMONIAL. 



MOW— SWII-IART— At the residence of 
the bride's parents, Marshall County, Ind., 
Bro. Benjamin Mow to sister Elmira Swi- 
harl. J. S. KRYDBR. 

EBY— BROWER — At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Russell County, Kans , Jan. 
in, by the undersigned, Bro. Norman Eby, 
of Alia, Iowa, and sister Fannie Brower, of 
Dorrancc, Russell Co., Kans. 

John Newcomer. 

BA RM I ART— KEISER.— At the residence 
of the bride's parents, Dec 24, by Bro. Tom 
Kelser, Bro. Eddie Barnhart, of El Paso, 
Wo 1 1 : . i Co , III., lo sister Laura Keiser, 
of Belli Plalne, Marshall Co., III. 

Lee Barnhart. 

BROOKER-IIOLSWORT.-At the resi- 
dence of the bride's parents, Mecosta Coun- 
ty, Mich . Nov. 27, 1SS9, by Bro. D. Baker, 
of the Saginaw church, Mr. William Brook- 
er and sisier Lena Holsworth, both of Me- 
costa Co., Mich. C. N. Tombaugh. 



■*■ FALLEN *ASLEEP«> 



Beld, HI-, April, 1SC9, residing there until hi 

In March, 1S73, her husband passed 1 

er has lived in widowhood, devoted to In 
cliglon and the welfare of her children, her 
leighbors, and the poor. 

Some two years ago she was lightly slrick- 
:n with paralysis, and on the date, above m 
Honed, she fell into that sleep that knows 
irlhly waking. Not a feature betrayed the 
ightest suffering. Thus one more of 
umber has gone to await the assembling of 
Hie church in the better land. 

M.J.McClur 

BOGENREIF.— In the Waddam's Gt 
church, 111., Jan. 18, 1890, Bro. Thoma 
Bogenreif, aged 59 years, 11 months and 24 
days. Services by brethren David Eby and 
Peter Keltner. Text, Amos 4:12. 

Allen Boyer. 

GABLE.— In the Middle Creek church, Ma- 
haska Co , Iowa, Jan. 20, Bro. William Ga- 
ble, aged S2 years, 9 months and 2S days. 
Services by the Brethren. John Gable. 

CRIPE.— In the Middle Fork church, Clin- 
ton Co., Ind., Dec. 24, 1889, Bro. Solomon 
Cripe, aged 75 years, 5 months and 16 days. 
Funeral services by Bro. Michael Flory to 
a large congregation. J. E. Metzger. 

I.AWSHE.— In the Somerset church, Wa- 
bash Co., Ind., Jan. 23, Hester Ann (Rich- 
mond) Lawshe, aged 6S years, 9 months 
and 28 days. 

Deceased was married to Henry D. 
Lawshe, May 11, 1844. Eight children have 
blessed their union, four of whom, with the 
aged husband, survive her. Sister Lawshe 
united with the Brethren's church in 1850 and 
lived a consistent Christian life. Funeral 
services by William Toney, of the Upper 
Deer Creek church, Cass Co , Ind., and Bro. 
Noah Crumrine, of Wabash County, Ind. 
S. M. Aukerman. 

HOVILAND.— At the residence of his 
granddaughter, Mrs. Mary F. Hawkins, 
Akron, Ohio, Noy. 10, 1SS9, Bro. John C- 
Hoviland, aged S3 years, 7 months and S 
T. G. Hawki* 



nearly fifty- seven years. Bro. Seiber we 
noted for his kindness and charity. 
1 member of the church of the Breth 
for fifty-four years, " walking with God." 

He was the father of nine children, eb 
whom, with his aged companion, remain 
mourn their loss. He was a brother to 1 
esteemed elder, Solomon Seiber, who nov 
in his 77th year. Funeral services conduc 
by brethren Wm. Howe and Ellas Landes 

SMITH.— In the same church, Jan. 18, sit 
Sarah Ellen Smith, aged 30 years, 4 mon 

She was sick but a few days, but bore 
sickness and sufferings calmly, fully resigi 
to God's will. She died as she lived, 
Christian. Funeral services by Ezra Sn 
and the writer. S. S. Beaveh 



DIFFENDERFER.— In the 
church, Juniata Co, Pa, Ji 
Mary Diffenderfer, aged 54 ye 



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HOOVER.— At Mt. Jackson, Va„ Dec. 21, 
1SS9, sister Mary, wife of David Hoover, 
aged 67 years, 9 months and 9 days. 

Deceased leaves one son and many rela- 
tives and friends to mourn their loss. She 
was an exemplary member of the church, 
with which she connected herself in early 
life. Funeral services by the writer, assisted 
by J. F. Driver. B. W. Neff. 

LONGANECKER.— In the Lost Creek 
church, Pa., Dec. 27, 1889, Bro. Ellas Long- 
anecker, aged 57 years, 3 months and 9 

The subject of this notice was enjoying 
Li- usual health on the morning of his de 
parture, but ere he had partaken of the morn- 
ing repast, his spirit had gone to the land be- 
yond the tide. A dear wife and one child are 
left to mourn their irreparable loss. 

John Hart. 
STEELE.— In the Hopewell church, Yellow 
Creek, Bedford Co., Pa , Jan. 22, sister Sar- 
ah, wife of Bro. Abraham Steele (son of 
our esteemed elder, Jacob Steele, Sr.) aged 
56 years, 9 months and 14 days. 

Deceased was a consistent member for 
many years. She was the mother of thirteen 
children and leaves a husband and eight chil- 
dren to mourn their loss. Six of the children 
are members of the church. 

Funeral services by Bro. William Ritchey, 
assisted by the brethren, to a large audience 
from Rev. 14: 13 J. II. Clapper. 

FISHER.— In Springfield, 111., Jan. 9, sister 
Mary Fisher, nee Stoner, aged 7S years and 
7 months. 
Sister Fisher was born in Waynesbor- 
ough, Pa., June 9, iSu, and became a mem- 
ber of the German Baptist church at the age 
of eighteen years, continuing faithfully until 
death. She was married to John Fisher at 
nineteen years of age, and removed to Spring 



RAFFENSBERGER— In the Clear Spring 
church, York Co., Pa, Jan. 15, Eld. J. H. 
Raffensberger, aged 69 years, 1 month and 
14 days. 
Deceased was a great sufferer, during the 
last three years of his earthly existence, from 
liver disease and a broken limb. He w 
member of the church about thirty-eight 
years, and the last twenty-four years he spent 
In the ministry of the Word. 

Abram Burkholder. 

CROW— In the Bunker Hill church, Ohio, 
Jan. ar, Bro. Lorence Crow, aged 88 years, 

2 months and 21 days. 
Deceased was the father of eleven chil- 
of whom three preceded him to the spir- 
it world. He leaves a wife (a sister), four 
and four daughters. Our brother and 
were baptized one year ago last July. 
Services by Bro. Josiah Hochstettler, assisted 
by Frederic Mast, of the Mennonite church. 
Funeral services from Num. 23: 10. 

Sarah Middaugh. 

ARTZ.— In the Ashland congregation, Dec. 
15, 1SS9, sister Margaret Artz, wife of Dan- 
iel Ariz, deceased, aged 7S years and 11 
days. Funeral services by Eld. Wm. Mur- 
ray. I. D. Parker. 

SEIBER— In the Lost Creek church, Juni- 
ata Co., Pa., Sept. 26, 1SS9, of softening of 
the brain, Bro. Daniel Seiber, aged 80 years, 
10 months and 21 days. 
Our aged and esteemed brother had been 
sorely afflicted for a few years with the loss 
of his mind, and thus became quite a charge 
for his affectionate companion who also is af- 
flicted with the loss of hearing. She faithful 
ly cared for him, spending many sleepless 
nights in so doing, until he peacefully, and 
without a struggle, fell asleep in Ji 
Daniel Seiber was married Dec. 
Hannah Beashore, with whom he lived for 



bister departed this life after sevi 

years of suffering with consumption. '. 

fully resigned to her lot. She was a 

voted Christian wife and mother. Husbs 

id daughter remain to mourn for 1 

Funeral services by brethren Solomon Ka 

m and Andrew Beashore. 

S. S. Beavei 

HOLLINGER.— In the Beaver Creek c 

gregation, Washington Co., Md,, Jan. 

Bro. Daniel Hollinger, aged 53 yean 

months and 21 days. 

The deceased leaves a widow, a sis 

and six children to mourn their loss. His 

ere taken to the Antrim chu 

Franklin Co., Pa., in the Falling Spring t 

gregation. Funeral discourse by Bro. V 

iam Anthony, assisted by the brethren. 

Wm. C. Koont 

HERTZLER.— In the Olathe church, Kz 

Jan. 22, sister Susan Hertzler, wife of I 

E. R. Hertzler, aged 39 years and 15 da 

Funeral services by Eld. George Mj 

from 2 Cor. 5: I. Sister Hertzler leav 

husband, three children and an aged moi 

to mourn their loss. A. M. Shar 

BRANT.— In the bounds of the Berlin . 
gregation, Pa., Jan. 1 <;, Edith Orpha, dat 
ter of Edward and Emma Brant, agt 
years and 13 days. Funeral services t 
H. Knepper and the writer, from the wc 
"Is it well with the child?" 

W. G. Schroc 

BROWER.— In the Lower Twin Creek 1 
gregation, O., Jan. 19, sister Catha 
Brower, aged 46 years, 1 month an< 

Deceased was born in Wayne Cou 
hio. Her husband preceded her to the 
r world many years ago, leaving he 
charge of the family, which consisted of 
two daughters. The daughters 
consistent members of the church. S 
Brower was a daughter of Eld Samuel B 
deceased, of Ridgeway, Howard Co., In 
sister of Bro. Daniel Bock, of Ervin, s 
County and State, and a sister of Bro. £ 
uel Bock, Dayton, Ohio. Sister Brower 

faithful, devoted follower of Christ, 
though afflicted for a long time, she bor 
dth great patience. Funeral services a 1 
Sugar Hill church, Preble Co., O., from 1 
■ 3, by John J. Bowman and the writ* 
Daniel M. Garvb 

ENDSLEY.— In the Landessville chi 
it Co., Ind., Jan.' 7, sister Mahala E 
wife of Bro. Abraham Endsley, 
ears, 8 months and 6 days. 
Lir deceased sister was born in M 
gomery County, Va. Her maiden name 
Hedrick. She was a member of the ch 
for thirteen years. Her disease was dn 
of the heart, from which she suffered se 1 
ly for about ten days, but was fully reslj 
to the will of God. She leaves an aged 1 
panion and seven grown-up children, thr- 
whom are members of the church. Fui 
occasion improved by brethren Georg> 
Studebaker and Joseph F. Spitzer from 
14: 13. Sarah M, Saundei 



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This little book lias been selling more rap- 
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The Gospel Messenger 



'•Set for the Defense of the Gospel.' 



Vol. 28. Old Series. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Feb. 18. 1890 



No. 7. 



The Gospel Messenger. 

H. B. Brumbaugh, Editor. 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50, 



Table of Contents. 

The Transplanted Bud. By Sadie Bralller Noffsinger 9S 
Essays — 

Family Worship. By J. H. Moore, S. S. Mohler, 
Enoch Eby, S. Z. Sharp, B. C. Moomaw, Daniel 
Hays, I. J. Rosenberger, Levi Mohler, Lizzie 

Miller g8] Qg 

The Deaconship, IOO 

Scriptural Authority for the Oftice of Deacon, 100 

WhereGod Dwells. Selected IO t 

Blaspheming Against the Holy Ghost. By Noah 

Longanecker !02 

In the Beginning. By H. W. Sirickler, 102 

Misrepresentation. By Jas. Evans, 103 

Watch. By Fanny Morrow 103 

Editorials- 
Items 97, 104, 105 

David's Exile 97 

Appearance and Reality, 97 

Expla. atlon IoS 

Family Worship I05 

Missionary and Tract Work Department — 

Items 106, 107 

S'and for the Truth. By Solomon Schubert, 107 

Growth. By S. W. Hoover, 107 

The Church. By Sarah M Saunders 107 

What are We Going to Do? By Florida Etter, 107 

Correspondence, 108, 109, no 

Matrimonial , 10 

Fallen Asleep no 

Advertisements Ill, 112 



.As we take oar seat this morning to write our 
weekly contribution, we feel to thank God for the 
multiplied blessings whioh have been ours to en- 
joy; and we now invoke the direction of his Spir- 
it, that we may say ouly Bueh things as will tend 
to the encouragement and comfort of our readers, 
and the promotion of the cause of the Master in 
the world. 

How to have the Messenger stopped does not 
seem to be understood by those who wish to take 
it no longer. Do not try to do it by returning 
your papers. In many cases they have on them 
nothing but the name, so that we could not stop 
them if we would wish to do so. The only prop- 
er way is either to have your postmaster do it for 
you, or else drop us a card, asking to have your 
paper stopped, always giving your full address, 
with arrearages, and in every case it will be attend- 
ed to. 

The railroad men are beginning to look after 
the approaching Annual Meeting, and the proba- 
bilities are that those wishing to go West about 
that time will get low rates. It will afford our 
Brethren a good opportunity of learning about 
some of the advantages of Missouri, a State, we 
believe, that never had a genuine boom, though 
quite as deserving as some of her sister States. 
In it are to be fonnd as productive and desirable 
farms as the West can afford. All that is needed 
in places is a little enterprise and push. 



We had the pleasure of a short visit at Orozier 
Theological Seminary, and also Haverford College, 
last woek. The first is tinder the control of the 
Baptists, and the latter, the Friends, or Quakers. 
While at Orozier we had an evidenoe of the work 
that oan be done by devoted churchmen. This 
school was built and is maintained by the Oroziera, 
Through their liberality from sixty to one hun- 
dred young men are yearly educated for the Bap. 
tist ministry. Not only is their tuition paid, but 
in many oases they are also boarded free of ex- 
pense. These men have, in this way, becomo the 
great working power of the Baptist church. They 
do it, seemingly, with pleasure and groat satisfi 
tion to themselves; and they are consistent with 
their faith. They brieve in the doctrines of their 
church, and therefore are doiDg God's servioe 
giving of their means for its promotion. It is a 
logioal actiDg out of what they believe. And they 
exeroise great wisdom in taking hold of the lever 
that lifts. It saddens our heart when we think of 
the money that our own members have worse than 
wasted by bestowing it all upon their children, to 
whom, in many caeeB, it has proven a curse instead 
of a blessing. If a Bmall part of our wasted wealth 
had been devoted to charitable institutions and 
to the education of our poor ministers, we would 
not have so many who are unwilling to enter this 
field of labor because of their unfitness for it. 
The Haverford College is maintained much in the 
same way, except that the contributing is done by 
a number instead of a few. Both are accomplish- 
ing a great work for their respective eharches. 



Good news maketh the soul glad, aud changes 
saduets and suspense into joy. We were espe- 
cially impressed with this thought while reading 
a letter from an aged sister, who was trying to t-ll 
what a good meeting their church had recently 
enjoyed. Did yon ever wonder why angels in 
heaven rejoice when sinners are converted to God ? 
We have, and we still wonder, because we can not 
now see the relation that would make a responsive 
rejoicing. Bat, while we wonder at this, we do 
not wonder why there should be rejoicing on our 
part when our friends and our children — those 
who are nearest and dearest to us on earth — re- 
turn to the fold of safety. This rejoicing comes 
from a sense that reaches beyond human limit, as 
it is generally measured, and lays hold upon that 
which is real and lasting. The joy given by our 
associations here can not b3 long at longest, as 
there are so many reversing circumstances that 
can never know what a day may bring forth. 
Therefore we are not to set our affections on these 
things — on things below,— that may change so 
quickly, or so soon pass away. We suppose this 
accounts for the joy produced in the hearts of the 
good when they see a change wrought in their 
friends and children that will give lasting joys — 
joys that are not subject to the changes incident 
to life. A child hopefully saved means not only 
an accession to the number of the happy, but it 
means that this happiness will be mutual and re- 
sponsive. It means that we shall meet again, and 
that such a meeting will be a blessed one, un- 
marred by the thought of parting. For this 
meeting let ns all strive and labor! 



DAVID'S EXILE. 

Please tell how long it was from the time that David, I 
King, was driven out from Jerusalem by Absalom, till he 
turnedagain. Lavi HlRTZLIR 

To get the exaot time of some of the Bil 
events is exceedingly difflonlt, and in some cast 
tho truth, at best, can be only approximated. I 
in this case. 'The first day was an eventful one 
both sides, and had the counsel of Ahithoph 
Absalom's first counselor, been carried out, t' 
days would have decided the contest; but as 
accepted the advice of HuBbai, who was a spy, a 
directed in the interest of David, his master, t 
time was lengthened. 

To muster an army from Dan to Beer, she 
would require considerable time, the distan 
north being over one hundred miles, espeoial 
when the modes of travel, then in use, are taki 
into consideration. From dates given in the ge 
eral history of the attending circumstances, tl 
time of David's absence was about three montl 
or ninety days. It forms a sad page of Bible hi 
tory, and we gladly ditmips it from ourthoughh 



APPEARANCE AND REALITY. 

If suy of our people hear of a plaoe whe 
silver ond gold dollars are jinubng aroun 
to bo picked up, where greenbtoks are hung vt 
under a sign, " Take one," or where good farr. 
are to be had for walking over tin m, they fihou 
pinoh themselves, to be sure that they are n< 
dreaming, or that the millennium has not com 
There are some very charitable people in tt 
world, but they can always get rid of their su 
plus wiihout advertising. When a man offers yc 
a genuine gold watoh for five dollars, before yc 
take the walch, look at the size of a five dolls 
gold-piece, ond eee how far it would go towarc 
making a respectable watch — aud then remembt 
that gold is alwaya gold, and that no person wi 
be anxious to give you a big lot of it for a littl 
lot. Bach kind of bartering has never becom 
customary in this grasping world of ours. If w 
don't wish to be gulled, and cry about it at ou 
leisure, we must use oar good common sense. 

We remember, years ago, a smooth-tongued am 
modestly-attired gentleman came to a good, oh 
brother with a touching story of his wife's illness 
TearB flowed profusely down his cheeks while h 
told how he had been traveling, lost his money 
and jast then got a dispatch from home, statinj 
that his wife was at the point of death, — and " Oh 
what would he dol " followed by a gush of weep 
ing. He did not want to ask a stranger to loai 
him money, but he had in his pooket a gold watct 
worth one hundred dollars, and, as it was a gift, 
he would not sell it at any price; but if the good 
brother would give him twenty-five dollars, he 
would let him hold the watch as security nntil he 
could return the money, whioh would be as scon 
(Concluded en page io5.) 




DeHtatcd to Snthii mi Sisln- D.D. Ttomai. 
Far out upon h stretching plain, 

Amid His bleak and wintry snOWl, 
I'nhcedfiil of the chilling winds, 

A VOn. 

No Stately flowers graced lit vines; 

One precious bud III I 

All marveled, who beheld the plant,— 

A thing ol I auty 
Two garil he] r I II with care. 

And colled the little b id their own, 
And longed with rsplure lor the morn 

When It should l> ' a IloWCr full blown. 
They placed it In a gorgeous wreath, 

Composed ol Lov< it flow 

Then, gazing, cried, with joyous hearts, 

"No hud was e'er so »weil a 

In faith and hope secure the} si , 

By night and day, locked hand in hand, 

Thio,, eii nun mill sun, and sleel and snowi 

To watch their tiny bud expand. 
They watered It with tears of love; 

They sunned it with sweet i mill i , contei 
That they po n essed the finest gem 

The (lull ol (lowers eve, sent. 
One morn adovvn their garden path 

An angel walked, with silent tread. 
Ills countenance wore strength and power 

And glory shone about his head. 
The angel snake, while trembling sore, 

The gardeners knelt, his voice beneath 
"The Lord hath sent me here to pluck 

This little hud from out jour wreath, 
■•And bear It to a milder clime, 

Where winds arc soft ami skies are blue. 
It shall he nurst 'I with fonder cue 

Than could be given by evi n yi u. 
" Us beauty is too grand fui earth; 
Its purity for taint too for, 

Its worth inn high for mortal's trusl 

Hence yield to lue the bud SO line' 

"One touch from Blight's destructive hand 

Would stain its whiteness to the core. 
Oh! could you keep it here, anil have 

Its beauty marred for evermore! 
The gardeners grasped the fragrant bud, 

And once again beheld its charms; 
Then, weeping o'er their broken wreath, 

They laid it In the angel's arms. 
The angel blessed lm nestling charge, 

And claped it to his bosom tight; 
Then, spreading wide his lofty wings, 

He bore it from their yearning sight. 
The little bud, so gently plucked 

From earth's decaying garden-bower, 
Transplanted Into Paradise, 

Now blooms, a sweet, ethereal flower I 
yan. £?, iSqo- Sadie Brallisr -Ye/ 



FAMILY WOESHIP. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 

prayer eaoh evening, ia the very beat manner of 
maintaining a family altnr. Also teach them that 
if they feel too timid to attempt prayer before 
their families, the reading of a portion of Script- 
ure and the Binding of a suitable hymn, in the 
form of worship, is acceptable with God, and will 
soon lead to n desire to pray also. 

ninning with the elder, all the preaohers 
and deacons fdioald 6et good examples for the oth- 

bern. On this point let the elder instruct 

iiiuch offieiuls, and urge upon them the 
importance of the family altar. 

4. Of late jears, when receiving applicants for 
baptism, I always lay the order before them in 
the pre-Eonce of the congregation, and make it a 
rule to instinct them concerning the importance 
of family worship; and I advise them to set up 
the family altar at once, as it is much easier to 
commence then, than at any other time. If they 
are young, and have- no families, I advise them to 
have their secret seasons of prayer, until they 
have an opportunity of erecting a family altar. 
Older members, listening to these instructions, are 
put to tbinkiug-about their own family altars. 

5. Let the Annual Meeting pasB an advisory 
decision, urging all chnrch officials to erect and 
maintain the family altar, and also decide that it 
will hereafter be the dirty of ministers, when re- 
ceiving applicants for bapli6m, to instruct all the 
heads of families in regard to the importance of 
family prayer. These instructions should be giv- 

presence of the members, thus benefit- 
ing them too. J- H. Moohe. 



irally 



What can we do to induce the mem 
duce and keep up a family altar? 

1. TEiOH them the necessity of it The house- 
keeper can generally do this better than any one 
else, and I think it is his duty to do it. An occa- 
sional good talk to the members on this subject 
will alwayfl result in good. 

2. Teach them bow to conduct family worship 
so as to make it edifying. I have tried various 
methods, but years ago we decided to have our 
evening services early iu the ovening — at this sea- 
son of the year promptly at seven o'clock. This 
is before the ohildren get sleepy, hence all the 
members of the family enjoy the family altir. 
"When the services are very late, they are not so 
enjoyable. Teaoh the members that the reading 
of a few verses of Scripture, and a short, sinoere 



As to the plan to adopt, to induce all the mem- 
bers to have and keep up family worship in their 
homes, I would recommend: 

1. Each elder should have family worship, 
since it ia true that " as is the priest, so are the 
people." If the elder or minister (and of suoh 
there ore not a few) does not have family worship, 
it ia of no nse for him to recommend it to others. 

2. I would advise instructing the members at 
oouncil-meetings, and, occasionally, preach on the 
subject of praver. I would show to the members 
tUo importance of cultivating piety as a necessary 
factor in training children to the spirit and habits 
,,f daily Ciu^iian life I would show parents 
their responsibility toward the children, and their 
accountability to God for the influences in the 
home cirole. I would show the benefits to 
rived by seeking divine guidance and protection 

n the duties aud events of the day, and thus early 
teach the child and all to trust in God, and be- 
lieve his promises. 

I would recommend, as I do, to oall the at- 
tention of those coming into the fellowship oE the 
church to 6et up the family altar, as God com- 
manded Israel. 

4. I would reoommend that the members be 
admonished to this privilege and duty, when the 
yearly church visit is paid them by the brethren. 

5. I would recommend that this be made a 
part of the object of the pastoral visit, ordered by 
last Annual Meeting. 

9. I would pray God that his spirit might 
work ia the hearts of all the members, to seek the 
help of the Lord daily, that all might be led to see 
what poor, miserable sinners we are by nature, 
and that only hearts whioh hunger for, aud im- 
plore, his grace, can die under a hope stronger 
than death, aud be clothed in the righteousness of 
Christ, "for our God is a consuming fire." 

S. S. Mohleb. 



Feb. 18, 

cate, to nourish, to train, to grow. Familj 
ship, as a means to such au important end, 
dispensably necessary. The 8criptures aloi 
eess the esf ential elements for the spiritual f, 
of the child, therefore children must be fee 
th the Word of God, in order to have a hi 
spiritual growth. Foot must be supplied 
soul, jnst as their body is fed with materia 
As children are not naturally inclined t< 
the Scriptures, and not able to get the s 
milk of the Word, so they can grow, it m 
given to them by the parents (by reading a 
plaining) as the mother feeds her infant 
Hence, reading the Soriptures should const 
very prominent part of our family worship. 
I refer the reader to a few Scriptures in I 
aud the prophets: Gen. 18: 19; Deut. 4: 9, 
7-20; 11: 19; Ps. 78: i; Prov. 22: 6; Jer. 
Zech. 14: 7. The importance of teachini 
dren the law, and God's blessings upon sue 
ilies, are prominent in the above texts. 

Considering the prevailing negleot of f am 
votion or worship, even among elders, we 
wonder at the lamentable fact that such 
per cent of our Brethren's children are li 
sin and disobedience to God's Word, wrap 
iu either a cloak of infidelity, or a false reli 
all because they do not hear the Soriptnr 
and explained. 

It is the Christian's duty to feed the f ami 
the Word of the Lord, as much as to fe 
clothe them. If you feel too much emba 
to pray, get jour family into the room as 
breakfast is ready, and read. Brother, if j 
too weak to pray, perhaps the sister does n 
her engage. But if neither, don't neglect t 
Then let both go into the closet, and p 
more strength and humble boldness, an 
love to God, and concern for the spiritual 
of yonr children Always remember that " 
love casteth out fear, and fear hath to 
Torment comes from a neglect of duty. I 
in that way, and yon will soon get the strt 
conduct family worship, and may have th 
ure of seeing your wayward children co: 
and, not unf requeutly, your hired help also, 
men ce with the new year. Better let yot 
dren go hungry, than to neglect their r 
training by means of " Family Worship " 
Enoob 



" And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but 

bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." — 
Eph. 6: 4. 

The above text places a fearful responsibility 
on parents and guardians. 
Nurture, according to Webster, means to edu- 



1 1 will therefore that men pray every where."— I 

Family worship is an ordinance of heai 
is included in the above word " every- 
This ordinance is strengthened by circum 

1. The family, and its accompaniments 
that our first parents carried out of I 
They communed with God before the ft 
may commune with him yet, in the spirit. 

It is a provision of God, and a privilege 
by man, from the earliest existence of the 
After the fall, the children of Adam brouj 
oblations to God. In the patriarchal age, 
was practiced in the family. Abraham, I. 
Jacob erected their family altars. 

3. In the Christian's home it is espec 
propriate, since the Old Dispensation ha 
away with its ordinances, and the 00: 
burning oE the holy fire upon the altar ha 
We have nothing to take the place of t 
sacrifices, unless it be family worship. 

4. This religious exercise is one of tl 
est means of bringing up our childrei 
" nurture and admonition of the Lord 
spiritual food for the children. There ie 
in the family to which we look, in our lat 
with so much reverence, as the humble p: 
the family, by a pious father or mother, 
lows the memory of the dear old he 
strengthens the Christian influence of the 



Feb. 18, 1890. 



MESSEjNGEB. 



over their ohildren. Children can have more re- 
speot for their parents, who are themselves obedi- 
ent to their heavenly Parent. All the influences 
of family worship, rightly conducted, are good. 
There is no exception. 

HOW CAN IT BE MADE GENERAL? 

1. Much may be done by ministers preaching 
on this and other family duties, and getting the 
members to feel its importance. 

2. Visits from the elder, and personal talks 
may be a powerful means of inducing I 

bers to adopt the practice. Visits from the dea- 
cons, in a kind and Christian manner, may also 
be employed. A discussion of the matter at our 
council-meetiDgs, if conducted iu the right spirit, 
may also be employed. S. Z Sharp. 



As the ohuroh of the Brethren is constituted, it 
has two sources of influence, or power, namely, 
the ecclesiastical and the moral. The jurisdiction 
of the ecclesiastical power extends to the individ- 
ual members in the form of rules and penalties, 
and is applied to every duty for whioh we have a 
Gospel precept, precedent or reasonable inference. 
If, therefore, family prayer is a Christian duty, 
the church could enforce its observance without 
violating the prerogative to which it has always 
held tenaciously. 

But of what value would be enforced family 
prayer— or, for that matter, any other Christian 
duty when it is enforced? It could not be profit- 
able to the members, on the one hand, or accepta- 
ble to God, on the other. 

It is clear, therefore, that the members muBt be 
persuaded to engage in this service. The church 
must exercise its moral power. It must awaken 
conscience on this important matter. Supposing 
that all the Scriptural precepts and examples en- 
joining household worship (and there are many 
were diligently laid before the heals of families 
would not every converted man immedietely take 
op the work? Could there be found any truly 
converted man who would neglect this duty in his 
family, when once he is enlightened? 

This biiugs much of the responsibility home to 
the doors of the ministry. As a rule, a peoph 
will diligently follow that instruction of thei 
spiritual guides upon which the greatest stress or 
emphasis is laid. I do not remember ever to have 
heard a sermon, or an address from the pulpit, on 
the subject of family prayer. There ought to bo 
a revival of the exercise of piety and godliness 
among our people, in their homes and before 
their children. But the work must begin with 
the ministry. They are to be ensamplea to the 
flock. Then, by personal effort aud exhortation, 
let the ministers and elders introduce it into the 
families under their care. A godly bmhop can do 
wonders with his flock, if he works with tho 
" meekness and gentleness of Christ." 

I will end by suggesting that the issue- of the 
Messenger, containing the cluster of short artic- 
les ou this subject, be sent to every minister, and 
that they be exhorted to first practice this Chris- 
tian duty themselves, and then enjoin it upon 
their members. A little more of this kind of prac- 
tical Christianity will do no harm. Let us have 
more of the'kernel of religion! B. 0. Moomaw. 



3. Make worship a delight. 

4. Read the Scriptures with your family. 

o. Sing with your family the good old tunes of 
long ago, aud the good new ones, too. 

6. Tetich jour children to pray as soon as they 
can utter the simplest form of speech. 

7. If yon cm DOt think of inijthing to pray, 

v the Lord's Prayer. If you are in need 
of blip, pray Peter's prayer: "Lord, save me!" 
If yon are > it the publican's prayer, 

"God bo merciful to me, a sinner." Eloquent 

prayers have no heart iu them. "Good i 

never oome weeping home," says one. "I am 
sure 1 shall receive either what I ask or what 
I should ask." 

8. When you visit a family, make it suitable to 
have a seasou of prayer before you leave. 

9. Those who fail to erect the family altar 
should be enoouragod to do so by those who have. 
Make a pleasant evening call, aud worship with 
them. 

11 Watch and piny! 
Looking for the better tiny I 
Faith shall turn the night to dny ! " 

Daniel Havh. 



your sighs, and Eee your tears. " By the : 
be tree." I. J. Rosenberg 



To erect and maintain a family altar is the duty 
of every Christian household. The time to begin 
is when we become Christians. Every Christian 
family is a little church, around whose altar God 
is daily worshiped end honored, and the light 
kept burning. "What is home without an altar 
without God's blessing? 

To insure its erection and continuance, 

1. Begin your conversion with prayer. 

2. Ereot the family altar at onoe. 



The great means to be employed, to secure the 
end sought in the query, involves that the neces- 
sity of family worship bo faithfully taught in the 
congregation. Christ, in order to get his great 
truths accepted, authorized men to go aud "teaoh 
them." Some very preoious truths have been al- 
lowed to slip because they ceased to be taught. 

Teaching oarries with it an irresistable mould- 
ing power. Of course, it is understood that tho 
ministers are to be good ensamplea of the doctrine 
they toach, lest tho condemning influence of Itom. 
2: 22 rest heavily upon them. 

Family worship is clearly Bymbolized in tho 
daily offerings iu the temple service. David says, 
"My voice shaft thou hear in the morning, O 
Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer un- 
to thee." 

I oall attention to the soothing influence of fam- 
ily worship. In the muruing each member of tho 
family goes to his respective calling. They know 
not whether they will be allowed to meet again. 
If, before sepaiating, they how together at the 
quiet altar of prayer, a peculiarly happy, divine 
influence is shed over the domestic intereots. If 
they meet again at tho close of the day, to engage 
in a family reunion at the altar of prayer, iu thank- 
fulness to God for his kind care during the day. 
in its storms and dangers, as well as to invoke his 
care during the silontshades of the night,— such a 
meeting can not help but have happy fruits. 

How many are there, whose experience bears 
witness to the happy effects of prayer offered in the 
old home circles, after long years have rolled by! 
Such seasons are " like bread cast upon the wa- 
ters, gathered many days hence." 

We usually urge upon heads of families, whom 
we baptize, to erect at once a family altar of 
prayer. We point to it as a means of strength. 

We lastly call np the experience of those who 
live without the influence of family prayer. Kind 
reader, are you a Christian parent? If so, please 
allow us to profit by your experience. Please tell 
ns, Does it comfort you to call up the long years of 
your life without family prayer? Tour want of 
experience in prayer at home unfits you for prayer 
away from home; hence you have often been com- 
pelled to decline invitations to pray. It is said, 
" Go, work in my vineyard," but in the above you 
declined to work. In doing so, did you then, and 
doyouiiotc, feel happy? Kind reader, are you a 
son or a daughter? I beg leave for your testimo- 
ny on this grave question. Does it make you 
joyous and happy when yon tell me you were 
raised by Christian parents who never prayed? 
No, No! In response to the above, I fanoy I hear 



The Brethren need to be educated to a d 
sense of tho importance of family worship. 

The subject has not been agitated to euy 
extent. Little has been written or said up 
It would bo impracticable for the ohurch to 
r this subject, but it can educate. 
By frequent artioles in our papers, traot 
mous without number, arguments in privat 
versation, anil other means, favorable senti 
may be evolved. The Brethren are edncal 
tho duty of observing the ordinances c 
church, till there is developed a strength c 
tiinent and depth of conviotion that will nc 
mit slackuess or neglect in these duties. Li 
means be employed to promote family wc 
Unite the efforts of the ministry, the Gospei 
senger, the Tract Work, Snnday-sohool tef 
the private example aud intluenco of every 
ested official and lny-rupmbcr, aud let the < 
bo educated to this duty by a oontinued 
Sentiment will grow in its favor. Oonviot: 
its importance will deepen until there is a 
spread feeling that will not roat, till family 
are ereoted for the daily worship of God. 
Godspeed the day! Levi Mob 



There are many ways of conducting fnmi 

ship, and, no doubt, each one will oonolud 

way is the best; indeed, all ways are ; 

all iu tho family aro interested. Each one 

be interested, but are they ? 

The head of every family Bhould study 
conduct these exerciBSB so that the little on 
to rend, will be anxious for tho time for w 
Is it not the little ones you wish to teach 
tho Bible nnd its teachings, to love the 
prayer? Can you begin these instrnctione 
better place than around the family altar? 
Since this iu our mind aud we want al 
old aud yming. to enjoy theBe seasons of \ 
and to read the Bible with pleasure, let eac 
ber of the family, that can read, have a Bil 
let the one who conducts worship seleot a c 
Then let eaoh oue read in turn until the 
has been read. After this let liberty be j 
any one to ask qnebtious and to converse 
on what has been read. If questions of 
tance come up and no one is able to anew 
defer and the next evening give the fan 
answer. Looking up tho answer to theB 
tions need not always bo done by the heai 
family, but by any one who is old enough 
derstands how to look up questions. 

After reading have prayer, not a long t 
prayer, but a prayer that will make each i 
that it was good to be there. 

Do not wait until the family is ready t 
before having worship, but have it earlj 
evening,— have it before all aro tired and 
Ho» can any one enjoy a Bible reading an 
son of prayer when almost ready to fall 
Older ones of the family, as well as child 
sleepy. Have your family worship earlj 
evening. 

If we help to read the evening lesson, 
be more apt to remember that whioh hi 
read; onr minds are not so inolined to wa 
when some one else reads and we liste 
ought to have control of our minds,— sc 
may say,— and so we ought, but do wi 
mind is treacherous and many times, w 
want to concentrate it on some subjeot, wi 
far enough away, flying from one thing to 
and without our permission, too. 

As a rule, young people do not like to i 
Bible; it is tiresome to them; they eee nc 



too 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Feb. 18, 1890. 



in it. Why is this? If fornily worship is made 
interesting, young people will learn to love the 
Blepsed Book; (buy will be inclined to remember 
the Scripture read. This result may be expected 
if we have each member of the family who can 
read, take part in tlio Biblo readings. 

Lizzie Miller. 

THE DEACONSHIP, 

Had the deaconship an existence bafore the ap- 
pointment o£ the seven named in Acta 6: 5? 
What relation did the seven bear to the deacon- 
ship? Do the Scriptures authorize the appoint- 
ment of deacons by the imposition of hands? 
TheBe are questions of interest not only to the 
Committpe appointed by our last Annual Meeting 
on installation of church officers, but also to the 
cburoh generally. It is not the purpose of thin 
article to draw out controversy, but to further in- 
vestigation of the Holy Scripture as to the oili^e, 
duty, and appointment of deacons. 

The word deacon is from the Greek term dia- 
konos, which, according to Liddoll and Scott's 
Greek-English Lexicon, means a servant, waiting 
man or woman. Green, in bis Greek- English 
Lexicon, defines it, " One who renders service to 
another, an attendant, servant, one who executes u 
commission, a deputy." Then the ground mean 
ing of the word deacon is servant, attendant, 
waiting man, deputy. 

That the apostles had their servants, attend- 
ants, or deputies to execute their orders, is 
apparent from Acte 5: fi-10, where the young 
men* executed the orders of the spot-ties as serv- 
ants of the church at Jerusalem. Who wore the 
" joung men " who waited ou the apostles to per- 
form the secular work of the church, such as bury- 
ing the dead, and distributing of alms? Is there 
any proof that the deaaonship had an existence be- 
fore the appointment of the seven of Acts (>; 5? 
There is; and it occurs in first verse of Aete 6. 
The inurinnriug of the Givoiaus against the He- 
brews arose " because their widows were neglected 
in the daily ministration." Th« word "ministra- 
tion" in the original is diakania, and, according 
to Liddoll and Scott' b Lexicnn, it means the office 
of a diakouos, service, business, . . . a minis- 
tering] ministration, attnudauco on a duty, minis- 
try, either generally, as IUm. 12: 5, or some par- 
ticular office, 2 Oor. 3: 7, deaconship." 

Then, accordiug to this authority, the office of 
deacon, or the deaconship, had an existence when 
the complaint arose, aud before the appointment 
of those named in Acts 6: 5 It was the neglect 
of the deaconship that caused the complaint of the 
Greciaus against the Hebrews. Can an offi;o ex- 
ist without an incumbent? Were the apostles 
deacons? If bo, then they were a self-constituted 
body. But the apostles were not deacons. They 
declare, " It is not reason that we should leave the 
Word of God, and serve tables." 

If it was not reason that the apostles serve tables 
after the complaint arose, it sorely was not reason- 
able that they should servo tables before. Is it 
reasonable to charge the apostles with partiality 
and negleot? Who served the tables and widows, 
and made the distribution whilo the apostles were 
preaching, — while they were in prison? Were 
the twelve a sufficient number to serve tables for 
ten thousand or more members, then in the church 
at Jerusalem? If twelve were not sufficient, then 
why suppose that seven would be the number? 
Can seven better serve a large multitude than 
twelve? Would seven deacon brethren be suffi- 



lem, analagou: 

whose duty it 

hand the roll to the reader, etc. The deacons prepared**the 

rooms, distributed alms, etc,, at first without supervision, then 

under that of the seven." 



cient to serve the multitude of disciples, then at 
Jerusalem, when we require about that number 
at an ordinary love-feast? 

But what does Luke, the inspired historian, call 
the eeveu brethren? Does he call them deacons? 
Do the apostles call them deacons? We kindly 
invite attention to the following facts. The apos- 
tles said, " Wherefore, brethren, look ye out 
among you seven men of honest report, full of ths 
Holy GhoBt and wisdom, whom we may appoint 
over this business." (Katasteesomen epi tees 
chrcias taufcea.) The Greek preposition epi is 
properly rendered over with the idea of authority, 
as in Matt. 24: 47; and the matter over which the 
apostles appointed them was the emphatic tees 
chreias iaittees, " a necessary business affair," aB 
Green's Greok-English "Lexicon renders it If, 
then, their appointment was over a business 
AFFAIR, their appointment was judicial, and not 
into a servitude. This explains why Stephen had 
time to perform wonders, work miracles, and en- 
gage in public discussion with the Jews. This 
explains why Philip could go down to Samaria, 
teach and baptize the people of that city, and the 
Rtiuuch near Gaza. Had they been appointed to 
serve tables, and had they been selected to serve 
because they were "full of the Holy Ghost and 
wisdom," is it reasonable that the Holy Ghost 
would lead them from their post as table servants 
to engage in the work of the ministry? Has not 
this theory led to the perversion of the deacon of- 
fice, aud made it a part and order of the ministry? 
Jerome, one* of the primitive fathers, says, " The 
deacon was the servant of tables and widows." 
The church of Rome, and of England, have made 
him a minister of the Word, and jet call him bj 

Luke gives us tli9 names of the seven, but does 
not state whether they were HelleniatB, or He- 
brews. That they have Grecian names is no 
more a reaaou for counting them among the Hel- 
lenists, or Grecians, tbau it is to reckon the apos- 
tles, Andrew, Peter, and Philip, among the same 
class, because they have Grecian names. Luke 
was a Gie-'k writer of distinction, and touched 
with a Grecian shade many nftoies after the Hel- 
lenic type. But Luke nowhere says, Stephen, the 
deacon, or Philip, the deacon. He does, however, 
aay, " Philip, the evangelist." 

That the Apostles appointed the number seven, 
is no more a mystery than the appointment of the 
twelve by ihe Savior. E-ich was a complete, sa- 
cred number. In Acts 6, the church was one in 
many. From twelve, the apostles descend to sev- 
en as a complete number. Afterwards, at Anti- 
och, when churches multiply, t^vo are appointed. 
This accords with Paul's instruction to Titus, to 
"ordnin elders in every city." Later on we read 
of the seven angels of the seven churches in 
Asia, — au angel, or messenger, for each church. 
But the Gospel is silent as regards the number of 
deacons in a church. We will follow no Author 
farther than he follows Christ and the GoBpel. 
While the Scripture is Bilent, it is not safe to ac- 
cept any authority however distinguished. 

The appointmont of deacons had its origin and 
authority in Christ " Te are complete in him." 
The first helpers in charity service were deacon- 
esses, the personal friends and followers of 
Jesus, — "Mary Magdalene, Joanna the wife of 
Chuza, Herod's Bteward, and Susanna, and many 
others, which ministered (diako7ioun)r unto him 
of their Bubstance." Luke 8: 3 That sisters were 
selected by the churches is evident from the fact 
that Phebelj: waa a "servant (diakonon) of the 

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vice; (2)1 



{From diaXt 
or serve as deacon, i'TIi 

JPhebe is the only one mentioned in the New Testament 
with the distinctive title of deaconess— dial-ottos ta ekkksuis. 
But early writers supposed that the women mentioned in I 
Tim. 3: ir, were really deaconesses, whether rendered as 
wives of deacons, or women-deacons. 



church at Oenchrea." Rom. 16: 1. How they were 
appointed, the Scripture is silent. We know that 
Christ enlled unto him his disciples when he ap- 
pointed them to go and preach, and that a church, 
in order to call any one to her service, makes it 
known by a voice, or vote. This is an expressed 
wish or selection. 

Respecting the imposition of hands, in ordina- 
tion, or appointment to office, we simply submit 
a few general principles, to which we invite spe- 
cial investigation. When you lay hands on any 

ONE IN ORDINATION, VOU GIVE HIM ALL THE AU- 
THORITY you yourself possess. When Jacob 
laid hie hands on Joseph's sons, he made them 
his heirs and succsssors. When Moses laid his 
hands on Joshua, he constituted him his succes- 
sor as leader andcommander of the people. When 
the apostles laid their hands on the seven of Acta 
G: 5, they gave them full authority over the busi- 
ness that was then disturbing the disciples, and 
gave themselves no further trouble in the matter. 
The term rendered "appoint" in Acts 6: 3, is 
kathisteemi, the same word Paul employs when he 
commands Titus to "ordain elders in every city," 
Titus 1: 4, We have a command to ordain elders, 
but no command to ordain deacons. A command 
makes a law, and all precedent is consistent with 
law. We have a oommand in the negative, " Lay 
hands suddenly on no man." ITim. 5: 22. Here 
again Paul uses the same term epititheemi that 
Luke employs to express the act of the apoBtles in 
Acts 6: 6, showing that the imposition of hands in 
ordination is meant. This fixes the true character 
of an ordination, " to set, constitute, establish, to 
make to stand with the idea of permanence." So 
much is implied by the original and its cognates. 
This brings us to our second proposition. When 

YOU LAY HANDS ON ANY ONE IN ORDINATION, YOU AD- 
VANCE him A3 far AS he oan 00. He is established, 
fixed, in his om :e. There is no case in the Bible 
*here hands were imposed more than once, in ap- 
pointment to office, upon the same individual. 
Hence the church has wisely reserved the imposi- 
tion of hands to the last, that the deacon may ad- 
vance to the ministry, and the minister to the eld- 
ership. 

SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY FOR THE OFFICE 
OF DEACON. 

The question is asked, " Where does the church 
receive Scriptural authority for the deacon's of- 
fice?" We look at this question upon its own 
merits, and not as it may be related to another 
question that quite naturally associates itself with 
it. One among the most important means adopt- 
ed by the apostles in the work of e&tablishing the 
church, was the institution of the deacon's office. 
So important was it that Paul places the qualifica- 
tions of the elders and deacons in the same cata- 
logue, and demands for the latter a high degree 
of Christian character. Are we left without di- 
rect Scriptural authority for the office of deacon? 
Are we left to conjecture, and to somewhat uncer- 
tain interpretation as to the authority on this 
point? It Beems to the writer that we are not, 
and it is the purpose of this article to Bhow, if 
possible, the Scriptural authority for the office of 
deacon. This is done without desire to arouse a 
controversy, but that a closer and more careful 
study may be given to the question, and that we 
may, if possible, come nearer to the Truth. 

The word deacon is from the Greek term diako- 
nos and means, a helper, a servant, a minister. 
For a Scriptural definition of the Greek word the 
reader is referred to its usage in the New Testa- 
ment. In Matt. 20: 26; Mark 10: 43; 1 Cor. 3: 5; 
Gal. 2: 17; Eph. 3: 7, diakonos, or its plural form, 
diakonoi, is translated minister, or ministers; 
while in Matt. 12: 13; 23: 11; Mark 9: 35; John 2: 
5, 9; 12; 26; Rom. 16: 1, it is rendered servant 



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From this examination of the word dinkcmos we 
find that, generally, it is used of all ministers of 
the Gospel as servants of Christ and also of mag- 
istrates. Kom. 13: 14. In a teohnioal sense it is 
applied to an order of church officers whose spe- 
cial duties were to disburse the alms of the church 
and Berve tables. In this sense the word diakonoa 
is used in Phil. 1: 1; 1 Tim. 3: 8, 10, 12, 13, and it 
is translated into the English deacon. Fiom the 
foregoing it will be seen that the word is used in 
the New Testament to designate both the labors 
of the apostles, whose desire it was to give them- 
selves continually to prayer and to the ministry 
[diafomm] of the Word and to the service of the 
seven, set apart by the church at Jerusalem to 
look after the wants of the widows, and to serve 
at tables. 



As to the origin of the office of deacon, and the 
Scriptural authority for it, we find nothing in 
reference to it until we come to Acts 6: 1-6. 
Here we have the duties of the office set before us 
in the oause that led the apostles to ask " the mul- 
titude of the disciples," - the whole church at 
Jerusalem— to select seven brethren, full of the 
Holy Ghost, to set over the work of attending to 
"the daily ministrations," and to see that the 
widows of the Grecian brethren were not neglect- 
ed, and to " serve tables." It is evident, that prior 
to the selection of the seven, the apostles them- 
selves had charge of this work, for the money was 
brought in and laid at their feet, and distribution 
was made to every man as he had need. Acts i: 
35. By whom was the distribution made?. Evi- 
dently by the apostles, who now seek to be re- 
lieved of the burden imposed upon them, aud ask 
the church to appoint brethren to look after this 
very business, that they may give themselves en- 
tirely to the ministry of the Word. 

If we do not have the duties, and the Scriptural 
authority for the deacon's office, set forth in Acts 
6: 1, 6, where, in the New Testament, are we to 
look for them? We may assume that, in fact, the 
apostles had servants and helpers prior to this, 
bnt where is the Scripture for it? When, and by 
whom was it instituted, and where is the record 
of such office ? 

Among commentators a general agreement is 
found, that the Scripture under consideration is 
the authority for the deacon's office. Space for- 
bids reference to but a few of the commentaries 
examined on this Scripture. Benson, on Acts 6, 
says: " The deacons were constituted for this lat- 
ter business (distributing alms and serving tables ) 
And where some of them afterward preached the 
Gospel, they did this not by virtue of their 
deaconship, but by another commission— that of 
evangelist." Gill, in his exposition on Acts 6: 3-6, 
ub«b these words, " Choose out from among yon' 
shows that these officers, deacons, must be mem! 
bers of the same church to which they are or- 
dained deacons; and that they must be chosen to 
that office by the whole community or common suf- 
frages or votes of the people." Paige, on the same 
Sonpture, has this to say: "As in filling the va- 
oancy in the Apostleship, so no* in the election of 
deacons, the choice was referred to the brethren 
at large. The example is woithy of imitalion, in 
regard to all ohurch officers." 

" Deacons or helpers appear first In U,e church at Jerusa- 
lem. The author of Acts sixth chapter gives an account of 
the origin of this office, which is mentioned before that „f the 
presbyters. It had a precedent in the officers of the Syna- 
gogue, who had charge of the collection and distribution of 
a\ms."—Scir,y Church History, 1st Century, Vol. i,jv s c . m . 

"The duties of the office of deacons were from the begin- 
nlng simply externals it was instituted, In the first place ac- 
cording to Acts sixth, for the distribution of alms. The care 
of providing f„ r the poor and lkk of , he commi]nit) . to w|licl) 
many other external duties were afterward added,' devolved 
particularly on t hi. office."_,yWe, 's History of Christian 



THE GOS PEL MESSENGEE. 

" The office of these deacons, according to the narrative in 
Acts, was to minister at the tables in the daily love-feast. 
and to attend to the wants of the poor and sick. The prlml. 
ttve churches were charitable societies, taking ctrc of the 
widows and orphans, dispensing ho,pi t „ it y lo strangers, 
and relieving the needs of the poor. The ,„ v -,, 
the custodians, the deacons the collectors aud distributor* of 
the charitable funds. To this work a kind of ,u toral can 
of souls very naturally attached itself, since poverty .,,,,1 ,kk. 
nv-s off, red the best occasions, and the most urgent demand 
tor edlfyinjr, instruction and consolation. Hence living faith 
and exemplary conduct were necessary qualifications for the 
ofhee of deacon."— iV//,;//.//,-,-„,, Biicy., page t/t. 

Other authorities might be quoted. Patrick and 
Lowth, Doddridge, Burkett, Henry, Mosheim 
Barnes, Clarke, Jatuiesou, Fausset & Brown, and 
Lango have bson carefully examined by the 
writer, and all agree as to Aots 6: 1, 6 beiug the 
Scriptural authority for the deacon's office. 

The praotice of the primitive ohurch shows 
that, in the years immediately following the apoa. 
tolic period, the churoh looked to Acts 6: 16, 
as authority for the deacon's offioe. In many 
cases they followed the apostolio example so close- 
ly, that the number seven was considered binding, 
id each congregation, in conformity to the ex- 
ample of the church at Jerusalem, elected seven 
deacons. As late as the middle of the third 
:entury the church at Rome had only soven dea- 
cons, while at the came time the number of 
preachers was forty-six. 

A further exsminatiom shows that two of the 
seven, elected at Jerusalem, labored as preachers 
aud evangelists, but this duty does not appear to 
have been laid upon them when they were called 
to the work set forth in the Scripture referred to, 
but it was a special work to which they may have 
been called by the ohurch, and for wbioli the 
Holy Ghost bestowed upon them a speoial gift. 
It was in the exercise of this gift, and not in the 
office of deacons, that they labored sa evangelists 
As to the occasion that called forth this action 
of the apostles, it would seem thut among the 
Hebrew converts to Christianity were a number 
of Grecians. The primitive churches, followiog 
the teachings of Christ, cared for their poor, aud 
the burden of this work fell upon the apostles. 
The Greek brethren became dissatisfied because 
their widows were, to some extent, neglected in the 
daily ministration. The apostles, to relieve them- 
selves of this burden, and to quiet the innrmurers, 
asked the church to look out among them " seven 
men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost, and 
wisdom, whom we may appoint over this busi- 
ness." The church, with a true, fraternal spirit, 
and with a wisdom that should commend their 
actions to us in Bimilar cases, selected, it would 
seem, seven men from among those who had entor- 
ed complaint, for they all had Greek names.* By 
adopting this plan, the threatened trouble was en- 
tirely averted, and peace was restored to the 
church. % 

As to the work placed in their hands, the Script- 
ure seems to be plaiu It is explicitly stated that 
they were appointed over the business of attend- 
iog to the daily ministrations, and to serve at 
tables. In the love-feasts this work was important, 
and while it is not likely that tho seven did all 
the labor, they doubtless had tho privilege of call- 
ing others to their assistance. The writer well 



lOl 

remembers being called upon nearly thirty yeat 
ago to asstst the deacons in the table service, an 
since then, when serving in that important offici 
he often called upon young brethren and sister 
to assist in tho work. The seven doubtless exei 
ciaod tho samo privilege. 

In the centuries succeeding the apostolic ag< 
when niauy innovations were introduced into th 
church, tho office lost its primitive simplicity, an 
the deaoons becamo assistants to the bishops, an 
exeroised even more authority than ministers 
They baptized, assisted at the Commuuion— dif 
tributing the bread and cup-recited prayers an 
performed other duties placed upon them by thei 
bishops. In modern times the office has becomt 
in most ohurches, one of the three orders of th 
ministry. In tho Episoopal church " tho deacon 
are permitted to perform any of the divine Bert 
icon, except pronouncing tho absolution, and oon 
Bflorating the elements of tho Lord's Sapper." 

In the Methodist ohurch the deacons form at 
order in the ministry. They are elected by th. 
conference, and are authorized, (1) to adminis 
tor baptism, aud to solomuizs matrimony j (2) ti 
assist the elder in adtniuistcringtlie Lord's Hopper 
(8) To do all the duties of a traveling preacher.' 
(See Methodist Discipline.) 

Other churchos have at times attempted to re 
store the apostolic offioe of deacon. Luther, es 
peoially, desired to do to, but failed. In the Luth- 
eran church tho dencou is " au assistant clergyman, 
in equal standing with ordained ministers." 

In the Presbyterian and Congregational ohm-oh 
es the Bame effort was rnado, but for tho mosi pari 
it met with failure. 

The Brethren have hold to the apostolio prece. 
dent in the election of deacons, as well as in the 
duties laid upon them. They are eleoted by the 
entire congregation from amoDg its membership, 
just as tho seven ut Jerusalem were eleoted. 
Among thoir duties they are to look after the 
ivants of the poor members, and to assist them 
when they are in need, to serve at the tables at 
tho love-feaBts, and, when oconsion demands, to ex- 
prayer and in teaching and exhortatiou. 
respeots our deacons are to the ohuroh 
to-day what the seven woie to the ohurch at Jeru- 
salem in tho days of tho apostles. 
The Brethren have done well to retain in this, 
i well as in other rcBpectB, the apostolio example, 
tor it is found that the deaoon's offioe, as first in- 
stituted by the inspired men of God, is an impor- 
tant faotor in successful church work, aud that 
those brethren who have used "the office of a 
deaoon well, puichaae tr themsalvea a good degree 
and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ 
JesuB." 

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— fallacy of such a posilit 
work of Christ was fully established by the apostl. 
whom a special gift of the Holy Ghost was btslowed 
very work. 



The most glorious and blessed thing beyond all 
mpsrison that can be said of any man is, that 
the God who made binr is spiritually enthroned 
in his mind and heart. That man's soul is the 
guest-chamber of the King of kings and the Lord 
of lords. There God dwells, and there commun- 
ion is established between the finite and tho In- 
finite. There a friendship exists more enduring 
in the stars. There giaoss of spirituality to- 
rd God that he approves, and that will pass 
rrent in the skies, shins out in the clear lustre 
of their own light. There we see man in Bweet, 
happy aud hallowed alliance, with his God, paying 
ihu tribute of dot-outness to the Imperial Moj-sty 
of the universe. There we see the child of God, 
the heir of God, and the joint-heir with Christ— 
a fit companion for the angels who sing in heaven. 
No king on an earthly throne, if 'without Grd in 
the world," is as royal as the humblest peasant of 
his realm with God enthroned in his heart.— Set. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Feb. 18, 1890. 



BLASPHEMING AGAINST THE HOI-Y OH09T. 

DV NOAH LONT.AM 

..Verily Hay unto you, AlLln h II loi ;l mini i In 

ions o! men, and blasphcinic »: rill *«J :! 

blaspheme: Bu. he .hat shall blupl.cn.. ,..:- »'-"■>> 
Ghost hath never forglvenc, but la In dangei ol etcrna 

damnation: Because Ihcj said, He hall, an :l in pin 

-Mark ^ : 18 10 
To blaspheme is to speak impiously, irreverent- 

Ui, reproachfully, or maliciously. It is I ' 

The scribes anil Pharisees bad come all the way 
from Jerusalem to where Christ wae performing 
bis mighty works, seeking how they might de- 
stroy him, for they hated and envied him even no- 
lo death. And as they saw him performing his 
mighty works, "the Pharisees went forth, and 
etruightway took counsel with the 1 1 
against him, how they might destroy him. Mark 
3: 6. As they saw him easting out d-wile, and as 
they saw the uncleau spirits fall down before him, 
and oryingout, " Thou art the Son of God," they 
became bo enraged that they began to revile him, 
and said, " He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince 
of the devils castest ho out devils." Mark 3: 22. 
They were not ignorant of whom Christ was. 
They had Moses and the Prophets. They knew 
that when Christ, the Messiah, would come, he 
would do the very miracles that Jesus was then 
performing. When the wise men came from the 
East it was revealed to them that the Messiah 
had come. They sought his life turn. Now he 
is proving his Mesaiahsbip by his miracles. Nio- 
odemuB included them when he said, " We know 
that thou art a teaoher come from God: for no 
man cau do these miracles that thou doest, exoept 
Gol be with him." John 3: 2. 

Thia fact Jesus pressed homo to the Pharisees' 
heart, after they had accused him of easting out 
devils by Beelzebub, the prince of the devils. 
He said unto tbem, "If I oast out devils by the 
Spirit of God, then tho kingdom of God is come 
unto you." Matt. 12: 28. 

After he forced this fact upon their minds, he 
uttered the solemn lauRuago heading this article. 
All blasphemy is sin, bat not all sin is blasphemy. 
" All manner of Bin and blasphemy shall be for- 
given unto men," provided, of course, that they re- 
pent of their sin and blasphemy. Christ, how- 
ever, makes one exception. He save, "The blas- 
phemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be for- 
given unto men." Matt. 12: 31. 

ThiB shows that when men repent of their sinB 
and blasphemies, they will be forgiven. Then it 
is evident that he, who blasphemes against the 
Holy Ghost, mill noi repent. Indeed we might 
say, he can not repent; for no man, unaided by 
the Holy Ghost, will or can repent. We mast not 
oonolude that there is greater power and sauohty 
oontaiued in the Holy Ghost than in either of the 
other powers of the Trinity. The official work in 
onr salvation leads to .the above result The 
Holy Ghost must reprove, or oonvince the world 
of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. And 
when the Holy Spirit is grieved and quenched, and 
man is thus given over to hardness oE heart an. I rep- 
robacy of mind, bis case is hopeless. If, what wo 
have written, is true, it. follows that only those 
who have tho light and knowledge of God's 
Word and Spirit oan blaspheme against the Holy 
Ghost. The Pharisees had this light and knowl- 
edge. Yet, against all this light and knowledge, 
they were full of reviling", and maliciously, im 
piously, and slanderously, accused him of onstini 
out devils by Beelzebub, the prince of the dovili 
which they knew was a malicious falsehood. 

Some Bible students contend that it is not pos 
sible now to commit tho blasphemy against the 
Holy Ghost. We understand the Biblo to teach 
that it is possible. But before we shall notioe a 



few of those passages that we believe teach the 
fact, we shall remark, that sin is progressive. 
No man becomes a drunkard in his first sin. 
Like Lot, he may pitch his tent toward Sodom, 
but only ss he advances will he-like Lot,-Cnal- 
ly dwell in Sodom. Eve doubted and lusted be- 
fore she took of the forbidden fruit and a it. 
Each Bin has its penalty, so each additional sin 
has its <KW.7io.uii penalty. To the extent 
up sin, we heap up wrath. The earth received a 
curse through Adam's sin, but it received an ad- 
ditional curse through the sin of Cain. It could 
not be otherwise, seeing that God is just, and will 
reward every man according to the deeds done in 
the body. 

Bat there is another principle that meets us in 
the consideration of our subject. The more light 
and knowledge we possess, the more there will be 
required of us, and the greater tho penalty if we 
sin. "And that servant, which knew his lords 
will and prepared not himself, neither did accord- 
ing to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 
But he that knew not, and did commit things 
worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. 
For unto whomsoever. much is given, oE him shall 
be much required; and to whom men have com- 
mitted much, of him they will ask the more. ' 
Luke 12: 48. 

From this we learn that we will be judged ac- 
cording to the light or knowledge we possess, or 
,ay possess, but refuse to acquire. The more we 
have or oan acquire, the greater the crime, and 
the more severe the penalty, if wo are unfaithful. 
Especially will this be the case if our unfaithful- 
ness is willful, and proceeds from a heart of mal- 
ice aud envy. 

We will cite a few proof texts to show that a 
m »n may so far apostatize that he will commit the 
blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. In Heb. 6: 3, j 
Paul says, " And this will we do, if God permit." 
That is, "Go on to perfection," etc. Then be 
gives the reason why we should go on to perfec- 
tion. " For it is impossible for those who were 
once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly 
gilt, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost. 
And have tasted the good word of God, and the 
powers of the world to come, if they shall fall 
away, to renew them again unto repentanoe; see- 
ing they crucify to themselves the Son oE God 
afresh, and put him to an open shame." Heb. 6: 
4-6. 

This language that a man may £0 far apostatize 
that from a heart of malioe, he will revile the 
Savior, or the Word of God. It is evident that ho 
who mocks and reviles the church o£ God and his | 
Word, does despite unto the Holy Spirit, whose 
office it is to lead into all truth. Such will reject 
the Savior, or his Word, and will virtually do in 
spirit and words what the malicious Jews did in 
person, " Let him that thiuketh he standeth, take 
heed, leBt ho fall." 1 Cor. 10: 12. 

If we do not progress,. or grow in grace; if we 
do not "go on to perfection," aud thus willfully 
neglect our salvation, we will degenerate, aud fi- 
nally apostatize to that degree that it will be im- 
possible to renew us again unto repentance, and 
when once it is impossible to renew us nuto re- 
pentance, our doom is irretrievably fixed. ^ Our 
doom iB then sealed. " God is not mocked." 
In Heb. 10: 24, 25, Paul exhorts us as follows: 
Let us consider one another to provoke unto 
lovo and to good works, not forsaking the assem- 
bling of ourselves together, as the manner of 
some is, but exhorting ono another, and so much 
tho more as ye see tho day approaching." Why 
all this, Paul? "For,"— reader, let us notice 
the force of the little word for in Heb. 6: -i; 10: 
26,—" For iE we sin willfully after that we have 
received tho knowledge of the truth, there remain- 
ed no more sacrifice for sinB, but a fearful look- 



ing for of judgment and fiery indignation, which 
shall devour the adverseries. He that despised 
Moses' law died without mercy under two or 
three witnesses. Of how much sorer punishment, 
suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath 
trodden under foot the Sou of God, and hath 
counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he 
was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done 
despite unto the Spirit of Graoe? " Heb. 10: 26- 

We do not understand Paul that